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EU regulation concerning genetically modified products: an issue of food security or a measure of disguised protectionism?

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  • Ana Santos

    (Universidade de Evora)

  • Jose Caetano

    ()
    (CEFAGE-UE, Universidade de Evora)

Abstract

The biggest producers and exporters of agricultural products have been adopting the genetic engineering in order to improve the factors productivity and the firms profits In the last decade, the United States of America (US) and the European Union (EU) have established a high divergent regulation on production, distribution and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Apparently, the EU's complex legislative framework related to GMOs was intend to satisfy the European consumers which are concerned about food safety and whish to make more informed choice about the food they eat. The aim of this paper is to understand the potential motivations behind the different policies on GM products adopted by US and EU.

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Paper provided by University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal) in its series CEFAGE-UE Working Papers with number 2008_10.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cfe:wpcefa:2008_10

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Keywords: Genetically Modified Organisms; Consumers preferences; Food security; Technical barriers to trade.;

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  1. Loureiro, Maria L. & Hine, Susan, 2004. "Preferences and willingness to pay for GM labeling policies," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 467-483, October.
  2. Kym Anderson & Richard Damania & Lee Ann Jacskon, 2004. "Trade, Standards, and the Political Economy of Genetically Modified Food," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2004-10, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
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