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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.
"Advancing Food Integrity" provides a comprehensive and analytical overview of the contemporary challenges faced by the government, industry, and civil society in an increasingly globalized world troubled with issues of climate change, urbanization, scientific advancement, and food security and safety. It offers not only a scholarly account to map such systematic, cutting-edge food integrity problems, but also optimal and innovative ways to solve them. This fascinating and timely book will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners of food law, environmental law, and agriculture and sustainability.
Ching-Fu Lin, Assistant Professor of Law at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)
There are provocative and controversial ideas in this book, chief among them, the very concept of food integrity and the role of GMOs. Whether or not you agree, this book deserves your attention. The food system is inherently provocative, inherently controversial, because food, the environment, human and animal wellbeing are at the same time essential and complex, evading easy answers at every turn. This book will expose you to perspectives that will help you navigate this intricate system.
Joshua Ulan Galperin, Yale University
Gabriella Steier covers the issues of food safety, food sovereignty, food security, environmental sustainability and climate change in relation to GMOs from the perspective of a well-versed Food Lawyer, in order to demonstrate where private, public and international are at fault. Her approach gives new insights to the divide between the USA and the EU food regulatory regimes whether over hormone-raised beef, chlorinated chicken or GMOs. These food regulatory issues were one of the main reasons why the EU-US TTIP negotiations failed last year. This book is pertinent at this time in order to highlight the need for a more systematic look at why private, public and international law are not adequately advancing food integrity for the benefit of consumers & the environment.
Raymond O’ Rourke, LLB, B.L., Food & Consumer Lawyer, Ireland
In 'advancing food integrity’, Gabriela Steier looks critically at the performance of regulatory schemes for agriculture and food systems, and their potential to promote food integrity. The analysis, covering both private and public regulation at the national and international scale is conceptually, empirically and methodologically astute. The comprehensive, updated multidisciplinary perspective, offers essential contribution to the scientific understanding of food policies. The book should be required reading for students of environmental law and policy, agricultural studies, and political economy.
Ronit Justo-Hanani, Tel Aviv University
Gabriela Steier leads the reader on a journey beyond the boundaries separating private and public law, through an intriguing dialogue between legal, social, and life sciences. As the book vividly explains, the emerging paradigm of Agroecology can be turned into the pillar of a new legal architecture of food systems, in order to fulfil a crucial objective to the long-term survival of human beings on the planet: the food integrity, as a legal synthesis of food safety, food sovereignty, food security, environmental sustainability and climate change resilience. This book is warmly recommended to all those readers who believe in the possibility of building hope for the future by reconciling the "ought to be" of agrifood law with the "to be" of food and environmental sciences.
Prof. Dr. Massimo Monteduro, Associate Professor of Administrative Law, School of Law of the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
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.