A Tale of Eight Pesticides: Risk Regulation and Public Health in China

European Journal of Risk Regulation, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2017, pp. 469-505, DOI/10.1017/err.2017.38

Peking University School of Transnational Law Research Paper No. 17-9

Posted: 6 Nov 2017

See all articles by Francis Snyder

Francis Snyder

Peking University School of Transnational Law; CERIC, Aix-Marseille University; College of Europe, Bruges

Lili Ni

Peking University - School of Transnational Law, Students

Date Written: November 3, 2017

Abstract

This article focuses on the use and regulation of eight toxic pesticides in agricultural production in China. The pesticides are bifenthrin, chlorpyrifus, diazinon, dimethoate, methidathion, omethoate, phosmet and phosphamidon. These pesticides pose widely recognised public health risks in China. So far as we know, the article is the first article in English ever to treat these pesticides systematically from the standpoint of the regulation of risks to human beings and to the environment. Adopting perspectives from public health, economic sociology and law, the article considers the principal characteristics of these pesticides, the main health risks associated with their use in agricultural production and how these pesticides in agricultural production are currently regulated in Chinese law. It identifies a series of policy implications and makes specific policy recommendations concerning risk regulation of these eight pesticides.

Keywords: Food Safety, Pesticides, Risk Regulation, Public Health, China

JEL Classification: I18, Q18, Q52

Suggested Citation

Snyder, Francis and Ni, Lili, A Tale of Eight Pesticides: Risk Regulation and Public Health in China (November 3, 2017). European Journal of Risk Regulation, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2017, pp. 469-505, DOI/10.1017/err.2017.38; Peking University School of Transnational Law Research Paper No. 17-9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3064637

Francis Snyder (Contact Author)

Peking University School of Transnational Law ( email )

University Town,
Xili, Nanshan District
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055
China

CERIC, Aix-Marseille University

Faculté de Droit et de SP., 3 av. Robert Schuman
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, 13628
France

College of Europe, Bruges

Dijver 11
B-8000 Brugge, Oost Vlanderen 10000
Belgium

Lili Ni

Peking University - School of Transnational Law, Students ( email )

Beijing
China

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