From soil degradation and biodiversity loss to the coexistence of malnutrition and obesity, many of the largest challenges facing humanity today are underpinned by food and agriculture systems. In order to alleviate and resolve them, global governance of food and agriculture needs to be reformed. Unravelling the array of international regulatory instruments, this timely book provides the first systematic analysis of the international law surrounding food systems.
International Agricultural Law and Policy provides a systems-based analysis of the rules that intersect with the physical elements of agriculture against a framework of commonly held norms. The author conducts a comprehensive examination not only of the rules, but also the implementation and broader socioeconomic, scientific and political context. By, exploring and clarifying the relationship between food security and the right to food and sustainability, Johnson closes the gap between the disparate international rules that govern food and agriculture, while exploring the practical implications of these overlapping regimes.
This unique book is an invaluable resource for lawyers and social scientists working within food and agriculture systems and their governance and lays the much-needed groundwork for future research. For policy makers in the food and agricultural space, this book provides a wide-ranging and innovative analysis of the global regulatory landscape that influences law and policy processes.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'Given the important need to consider the future for food security and agriculture globally, Hope Johnson's book should be considered a valuable contribution to the subject matter.' -- Andrew Chalet, Law Institute Journal
'To understand how international law helps or hinders food security, a systemic account of the existing fragmented laws and institutions is needed, which should include at the very least trade, investment, environment, human rights and climate agreements. Hope Johnson does this and more, using a policy-oriented approach that places agriculture at the centre. The result is a compelling case for a broader inclusion of the subjects and objects of international regulation, and an enhanced participation of food insecure groups and countries.' -- Margaret Young, University of Melbourne, Australia