The proliferation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our increasingly globalized food system is trivializing the inherent risks to a sustainable world. Responding to the realities of climate change, urbanization, and a GMO-dominated industrialized food system, Gabriela Steier's seminal work addresses the interrelationship of these cutting-edge topics within a scholarly, legal context. In Advancing Food Integrity: GMO Regulation, Agroecology, and Urban Agriculture, Steier defines food integrity as the optimal measure of environmental sustainability and climate change resilience combined with food safety, security, and sovereignty for the farm-to-fork production and distribution of any food product.
The book starts with a discussion of the food system and explores whether private law has sufficiently protected food or whether public law control is needed to safeguard food integrity. It proceeds to show how the proliferation of GMOs creates food insecurity by denying people’s access to food through food system centralization. Steier discusses how current industrial agricultural policy downplays the dangers of GMO monocultures to crop diversity and biodiversity, thereby weakening food production systems.
Striving to promote agroecology by providing a fresh and compelling narrative of interdisciplinary questions, Steier explores how farming can be geared toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices worldwide in the future. This book belongs in the libraries of all those interested in food law, environmental law, agroecology, sustainable agriculture, and urban living practices.
Table of Contents
Introduction: GMOs versus Agroecology. Looking over One's Shoulder: The Comparativist Method to Seek Solutions. Food Dependence: GMOs Fail to Feed the World. Agrobiodiversity: Contextualizing GMO Regulation. The Regulation of GMOs in International Trade. EU–US disputes over GMOs and the WTO biotech cases. Drawing Conclusions and the Path Forward.
Gabriela Steier is co-founder of Food Law International (FLI) and editor of the textbooks International Food Law and Policy and International Farm Animal, Wildlife & Food Safety Law. She is a barred attorney and focuses on food safety, food law and policy, animal welfare and issues involving sustainable agriculture domestically and in the European Union. Gabriela has lectured on these topics and continues her research. She joined the Duquesne University School of Law in 2015 as an adjunct professor teaching a breakthrough new course, Food Law and Policy. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Duquesne University and is pursuing a doctorate in comparative law at the University of Cologne in Germany. Gabriela has published widely on international food law, policy and trade and has earned several awards for her work. As an experienced scholar and editor, and with her numerous publications ranging from peer-reviewed articles in international medical journals to law reviews, Gabriela has gained wide-spread interdisciplinary interest and some of her articles have been on the top ten list on SSRN for several months.