By Vaughan Higgins, Geoffrey Lawrence

Meals safety and sustainability are arguably crucial matters dealing with the agri-food quarter in the beginning of a brand new millennium. In an period of globalization, the place state states seem to have a diminishing position in governing those issues, the present and rising energy family members underpinning agri-food law call for renewed scholarly recognition. Drawing upon the services of a few of the main widespread writers in rural sociology, geography and anthropology, this booklet indicates how globalization approaches open up a brand new regulatory politics during which ‘non-political’ sorts of governing play an more and more influential position in shaping agricultural construction and intake. the 1st of its sort to severely and comprehensively learn new sorts of governing and rules, this significant textual content explores the connection among globalization and new websites, areas and brokers of agricultural law, utilizing specific case stories in constructed international locations to demonstrate issues made. Demonstrating the political importance of regulatory mechanisms extending past the nation, the e-book additionally discusses the results for the governing of the agri-food quarter.

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The fact is that most agricultural products, with the exception of the vegetables sold at farmers’ markets, are bought not by the end consumer, but by agribusinesses that store, trade, process and/or package that product. The low commodity price does not necessarily mean cheaper cornflakes, but it does translate into higher profits for General Mills, Kellogg’s, ADM or Cargill. Agricultural commodities such as corn, soybeans, tomatoes, feeder calves, cotton, sugar and rice, are ‘industrial inputs’ for these companies, and so it is in their interest to keep prices for these products as low as possible (Hansen 2003).

Thus, to the extent that world market rule privileges global, over national, economic management, it is based in a highly asymmetrical playing field that privileges Northern agribusiness. We argue that because of the asymmetry, market rule functions to lock in Northern privileges through significant concessions to corporate farming, and to dismantle protections for Southern producers. That is, market rule is not the rule of the market so much as the political construction of markets to serve corporate, rather than public, interests.

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