Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Agricultural and Food Products in Preferential Trade Agreements

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_375



The primary agricultural sector has been generally characterized by considerable governmental interventions through domestic support and international trade policies (Schmitz et al. 2010). Such governmental interventions are often extended to cover selected processed food products, particularly those that are deemed to be sensitive. The sensitivity of the primary agricultural sector is mainly associated with food security issues. It also stems from the influence of farmers’ organizations that persuade governments through lobbying activities to implement protectionist policies vis-à-vis foreign products and to adopt price and income support schemes. Although these policies are expected to affect consumers and taxpayers, they are normally justified by...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada