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Food security, food safety and pesticides: China and the EU compared

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  • Maria Bruna Zolin

    (Department of Economics, University Of Venice CÃ Foscari)

  • Matilde Cassin

    (Department of Economics, University Of Venice CÃ Foscari)

  • Ilda Mannino

    (Venice International University)

Abstract

To control pests that may damage crops during production, storage or transportation, chemical pesticides are usually used. On the one hand, the use of pesticides can help to reduce yield losses caused by pests, pathogens, and weeds and thereby help feed the world's population; on the other hand, such agricultural practices can profoundly affect limited natural resources. Starting from these premises, the main objective of this paper is to explore the relationship between food security and food safety, while pointing out the role played in this relationship by pesticides, focusing on the case studies of the EU and China. To this purpose, the paper outlines the international framework on pesticides and the legal framework in the EU and China, analyzes pesticide markets, and considers the concerns related to their use. The overview of the situation in the EU and China allows us to identify challenges and opportunities for future developments in terms of food security and safety and food trade relationships between Europe and China. Tension and mutual disputes have occurred in the past due to increasing risks for consumers and workers handling pesticides, food scandals and difficulties in the mutual recognition of food quality certification schemes, which call for sustainable production methods.

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  • Maria Bruna Zolin & Matilde Cassin & Ilda Mannino, 2017. "Food security, food safety and pesticides: China and the EU compared," Working Papers 2017:02, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  • Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2017:02
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    Cited by:

    1. Giuliano Bonanomi & Mohamed Idbella & Ahmed M. Abd-ElGawad, 2021. "Microbiota Management for Effective Disease Suppression: A Systematic Comparison between Soil and Mammals Gut," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(14), pages 1-16, July.
    2. Martina Mazzarolo & Giacomo Ferraro & Ilda Mannino & M. Bruna Zolin, 2019. "Attitude of European and Chinese consumers toward food products from IPM: results from a survey," Working Papers 2019: 08, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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    Keywords

    Agriculture; Sustainability; Pesticides; Integrated Pest Management; Food security; Food safety; EU; China;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • N65 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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