Issues in Demand for Quality and Trade

  • Jean-Christophe Bureau
  • Wayne Jones
  • Estelle Gozlan
  • Stephan Marette


International trade flows in agro-food products have increased dramatically over the last three decades. Trade is likely to continue expanding now that agriculture is integrated into the overall framework of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). In addition to the increase in the volume of trade, there has been a considerable increase in the diversity of products traded. Food products now come from more distant and more various origins. They are imported from countries that differ in institutional structure and regulatory framework and, therefore, in their perceived ability to protect consumers from unsafe products and deceptive practices. As a result, the ongoing process of trade liberalization raises consumer concerns about the safety of food products.


Genetically Modify World Trade Organization Trade Liberalization Precautionary Principle Genetically Modify Food 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Christophe Bureau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wayne Jones
    • 3
  • Estelle Gozlan
    • 4
  • Stephan Marette
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut National Agronomique Paris-GrignonUnité Mixte de Recherches en Economie PubliqueParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsIowa State UniversityFrance
  3. 3.secretary to that organization’s Ad Hoc Group on Food SafetyFood, Agriculture and Fisheries Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentUSA
  4. 4.Institut National de la Recherche AgronomiqueUMR Economie PubliqueGrignonFrance

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