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Agriculturally Related Environmental Issues in Free Trade Agreements


  • Colyer, Dale


The consideration of environmental matters in trade liberalization agreements has become an issue since they were included in NAFTA and recognized Uruguay round agreement that created the WTO. Many WTO members, especially the less developed countries, remain opposed to including environmental issues in trade agreements. However, Canada, the U.S. and a few other countries now include environmental provisions in their bilateral and regional trade agreements; the U.S. is required to do so under its 2002 Trade Promotion Act (PL 107-210). Furthermore, the declaration establishing the Doha Round of multilateral negotiations recognizes a role, albeit a limited one, for the environment in negotiating the next multilateral trade liberalization agreement. Negotiations on these issues have been intense with relatively little agreed on to date.

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  • Colyer, Dale, 2006. "Agriculturally Related Environmental Issues in Free Trade Agreements," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25756, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae06:25756

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    1. Bernard Hoekman & Kym Anderson, 2000. "Developing-Country Agriculture and the New Trade Agenda," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 49(1), pages 171-180.
    2. Huff, Karen, 2000. "Developing Country Concerns And Multilateral Trade Negotiations," CATRN Papers 12892, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Research Network.
    3. Bhagwati, Jagdish, 2000. "On thinking clearly about the linkage between trade and the environment," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 5(04), pages 483-529, October.
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    1. Colyer, Dale, 2008. "Green Trade Agreements: Comparison of Canada, US and WTO," Conference Papers 37329, West Virginia University, Department of Agricultural Resource Economics.


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