Genetically Modified Organisms and Trade Rules: Identifying Important Challenges for the WTO

14 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2004

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Grant E. Isaac

University of Saskatchewan - Biotechnology Management

William A. Kerr

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics

Abstract

Controversial debates associated with the establishment of international market access rules for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) illustrate a more general challenge facing the World Trade Organisation (WTO); to acceptably accommodate growing consumer concerns regarding a product's production and processing methods (PPM). This paper aims to clarify the debates by examining the foundations of and the procedures for the WTO's decision-making on PPM-based market access rules. To illustrate this, both an import embargo and a mandatory labelling regulation for GMOs are examined. The strengths and weaknesses of the current decision-making procedure are discussed and options for future negotiations are proposed.

Suggested Citation

Isaac, Grant E. and Kerr, William A., Genetically Modified Organisms and Trade Rules: Identifying Important Challenges for the WTO. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=514020

Grant E. Isaac (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan - Biotechnology Management ( email )

College of Education
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Canada
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William A. Kerr

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics ( email )

51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
CANADA

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