In Fairness to Future Generations of Eaters

23 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2020 Last revised: 10 Jul 2020

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Steph Tai

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: January 7, 2020


Climate change threatens the supply and quality of traditional foods. To respond to this threat, this essay applies Professor Edith Brown Weiss’s principles of intergenerational equity to support a call for the protection of food heritage for future generations. The essay surveys some available international instruments but concludes that gaps still exist for addressing systemic threats such as climate change. It urges advocates to focus on expanding these international protections and incorporating considerations of intergenerational equity into our discussions of food protections.

Keywords: Climate Change, Food Justice, Environmental Justice, Agriculture, Intergenerational Equity, Food Systems

JEL Classification: K32, Q1, Q10, Q18

Suggested Citation

Tai, Steph, In Fairness to Future Generations of Eaters (January 7, 2020). Georgetown Environmental Law Review (GELR), Forthcoming, Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1599, Available at SSRN:

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