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Why Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides are an Important International Issue

  • May T. Yeung
  • William A. Kerr
  • Blair Coomber
  • Matthew Lantz
  • Alyse McConnell
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy book series (AEFP)

Abstract

The food security challenges that will arise over the next 35 years are outlined. The importance of international trade in meeting food security goals is explained. The threat to trade in agri-food products posed by increasingly asynchronous import regulations for maximum residue limits (MRL) for pesticides is presented. The problems facing MRL harmonization are detailed.

Keywords

Global food supply Pesticide residues International agricultural trade Differing MRLs Missing MRLs Misaligned regulatory systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • May T. Yeung
    • 1
  • William A. Kerr
    • 2
  • Blair Coomber
    • 3
  • Matthew Lantz
    • 4
  • Alyse McConnell
    • 5
  1. 1.Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public PolicyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.OttawaCanada
  4. 4.Bryant Christie Inc.SeattleUSA
  5. 5.Bryant Christie Inc.SacramentoUSA

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