Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Paul B. Thompson, David M. Kaplan

Agricultural and Food Products in Preferential Trade Agreements

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_375-5

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Introduction

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...

Keywords

European Union World Trade Organization Member Country Trade Agreement North American Free Trade Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada