Vol. 5 No. 2 (2016)
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Geographical indications, food safety, and sustainability: conflicts and synergies

David Wirth
Boston College Law School
Published August 3, 2016
Keywords
  • Geographical indications,
  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP),
  • TRIPS,
  • World Trade Organisation
How to Cite
Wirth, D. (2016). Geographical indications, food safety, and sustainability: conflicts and synergies. Bio-Based and Applied Economics, 5(2), 135-151. https://doi.org/10.13128/BAE-17155

Abstract

This paper examines the legal and policy relationships amongst international standards for GIs, food safety requirements, and voluntary claims related to a food’s attributes. The paper addresses those relationships within the context of international trade agreements protecting GIs, such as the 1994 TRIPS Agreement, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the chapter on intellectual property and geographical indications in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation. Trade agreements also discipline food safety measures and non-GI indications of quality or safety such as “organic” and “GMO-free.” Accordingly, the paper also considers the extent to which international trade agreements such as the WTO Agreements on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS Agreement) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) might interact with the analysis.

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