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Genetically Modified Organisms and Trade Rules: Identifying Important Challenges for the WTO

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  • Grant E. Issac

    (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

  • William A. Kerr

    (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

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Controversial debates associated with the establishment of international market access rules for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) illustrate a more general challenge facing the World Trade Organisation (WTO); to acceptably accommodate growing consumer concerns regarding a product"s production and processing methods (PPM). This paper aims to clarify the debates by examining the foundations of and the procedures for the WTO"s decision--making on PPM--based market access rules. To illustrate this, both an import embargo and a mandatory labelling regulation for GMOs are examined. The strengths and weaknesses of the current decision--making procedure are discussed and options for future negotiations are proposed. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal The World Economy.

Volume (Year): 26 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 29-42

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Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:26:y:2003:i:1:p:29-42

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  1. Kym Anderson, 2004. "Agricultural trade reform and poverty reduction in developing countries," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp014, IIIS.
  2. Anderson, Kym & Pohl Nielsen, Chantal, 2004. "Golden Rice and the Looming GMO Trade Debate: Implications for the Poor," CEPR Discussion Papers 4195, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. JINJI Naoto, 2007. "Illegal Extractions of Renewable Resources and International Trade with Costly Enforcement of Property Rights," Discussion papers 07011, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  4. Anderson, Kym & Jackson, Lee Ann, 2004. "GM food technology abroad and its implications for Australia and New Zealand," 2004 Conference (48th), February 11-13, 2004, Melbourne, Australia 58365, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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