Around the World in Eighty Centiliters

21 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2005

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James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law


The production, marketing, and delivery of beverages are enterprises so vast that fully to comprehend [them] would require an almost universal knowledge ranging from geology, biology, chemistry and medicine to the niceties of the legislative, judicial and administrative processes of government. Queensboro Farm Prods., Inc. v. Wickard, 137 F.2d 969, 975 (2d Cir. 1943). So extensive are the legal complexities at issue that the typical North American coffee service traverses nearly the entire range of allocative and redistributive considerations within the law of trade. A simple carafe of coffee, with cream and sugar on the side, vividly illustrates the tradeoff between comparative advantage and redistributive goals in the formation of trade policies.

Keywords: Trade, taxation, agricultural policy, dairy program, sugar program, political economy, international law

JEL Classification: Q18, Q19

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, Around the World in Eighty Centiliters. Minnesota Journal of International Law, Vol. 15, p. 11, 2006, Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-28, Available at SSRN:

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