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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 7: Pesticides

Hope Johnson


This chapter continues with the focus on external inputs used on farms by providing an analysis of the regulatory framework for pesticides. It outlines the issues related to pesticide use and determines what a RBA in the context of pesticide regulation entails. Following this, the chapter critically analyses the main international regulatory instruments for pesticide use. These instruments span various regimes including world trade law, international labour standards, and the international chemical law regime. Commonly, these instruments are restricted in the contributions they make to food security by the difficulties of breaking social and institutional lock-in to pesticide use and development and the difficulties of regulating on-farm uses of pesticides. Furthermore, the vast majority of the regulatory instruments do not facilitate the uptake of integrated pest management, which is a widely recognised, viable alternative to pesticides.

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