© 2006

Agricultural Standards

The Shape of the Global Food and Fiber System

  • Jim Bingen
  • Lawrence Busch

Part of the LEAF book series (LEAF, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-15
  2. Thinking About Standards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lawrence Busch, Jim Bingen
      Pages 3-28
  3. Public and International Standards

  4. Regulatory Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maite P. Salazar, Jacquelyn Miller, Lawrence Busch, Michael Mascarenhas
      Pages 111-124
    3. Ivan Sergio Freire de Sousa, Lawrence Busch
      Pages 125-135
    4. Lawrence Busch, Elizabeth Ransom, Tonya Mckee, Gerad Middendorf, John E. Chesebro
      Pages 137-155
  5. Access and Ethical Trade

  6. Conclusions and Future Agenda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jim Bingen, Lawrence Busch
      Pages 245-251
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-259

About this book


Food and agricultural standards have recently risen to the top of both national and international agendas. Popular concerns about the power of the World Trade Organization focus on the intertwined relationships between environmental protection, labor and human rights, and the standards used to produce and supply our food and fiber globally. In the developing world, agricultural grades and standards are an important part of the reconfiguration of roles and responsibilities between various public and private actors in market reform.

This original and informative collection of studies of agri-food standards in the modern economy addresses these and helps to define the scope of the emerging study of the politics of standards setting. Following an overview essay dealing with the multiple ways of thinking about, approaching and defining food and agricultural standards, eleven case studies offer a rich body of evidence that assesses the processes, dynamics and potential consequences of global agri-food standards.

For all interested in the strategic use of food and agricultural standards – from those in national and international governmental agencies, researchers and others in the academic and private sector to those in the private business sector – this volume offers a broader perspective on and will serve as an important resource.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jim Bingen
    • 1
  • Lawrence Busch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Food and Agricultural StandardsMichigan State UniversityU.S.A.

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