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International Agricultural Law and Policy

A Rights-Based Approach to Food Security

Hope Johnson

Globalised agriculture and food systems are at the crux of significant issues facing humanity from the rise in diet-related diseases to water pollution and biodiversity loss. Yet, legal scholarship on the regulation of agriculture and food is only now emerging. This timely book provides the first systematic analysis of the public international rules influencing agriculture. Each chapter considers the regulatory instruments that intersect with different components of agricultural systems from land tenure and soils through to agricultural in-puts and trade.
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Chapter 4: Soils

Hope Johnson

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This chapter focuses on land use, and more precisely the relationship between agriculture and soils, as well as the influence and role of international regulation in these land uses. It finds that the international regulation of soils has significant gaps and implementation issues, and lacks an integrated framework capable of exploiting the synergies between climate adaptation and mitigation, soils restoration, and food security. Because of these factors, the international regulation of soils is broadly inadequate to be considered as aligned with a human rights-based approach to agricultural regulation for food security. This chapter explores potential directions to improve the international regulation of soils consistent with a human rights-based approach to agricultural regulation for food security.

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