Food Sustainability in Bolivia Through Fair Food in Switzerland? How to Improve Food Sustainability in Both the North and the South Through Sustainable Trade Relations

Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth; Jacobi, Johanna; Scharrer, Bettina (2018). Food Sustainability in Bolivia Through Fair Food in Switzerland? How to Improve Food Sustainability in Both the North and the South Through Sustainable Trade Relations. Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional, 6(2), pp. 27-65. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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The food systems of the global North and the global South are interdependent. Transforming them into sustainable food systems thus requires a joint effort. Of particular importance is how trade relations are shaped between partner countries. Viewing the respective food systems of Switzerland and Bolivia from this perspective reveals strengths and weaknesses. Their food systems bear potential for complementary that could be maximized if their trade relations were shaped in a more sustainable way; similar dynamics apply to other global North and South countries. In contrast to common polarizing discourses, the present paper argues that the current international trade regime leaves at least some policy space to shape agricultural trade in a more sustainable way. One central question is whether exporting and importing countries should be permitted – or encouraged – to distinguish and treat differently goods that have been produced in a different (more sustainable) manner. Such measures would be consistent with the “fair food” concept recently enshrined in the Swiss Constitution. If interpreted in a non-discriminatory, cooperative, and creative way, the fair food concept bears major potential to advance the UN Sustainable Development Agenda by enabling sustainable food systems to gain momentum, both in the global South and the global North.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Bürgi, Elisabeth; Jacobi, Johanna and Scharrer, Bettina

ISSN:

2007-7440

Publisher:

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Projects:

[437] Towards food sustainability Official URL
[805] Sustainability Governance

Language:

Multilingual

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2019 10:49

Last Modified:

31 Oct 2019 14:41

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sustainability of Food Systems; SDG 2 and trade; interdependence of food systems; trade in agriculture; sustainable trade relations; fair food; product differentiation; process and production methods (PPMs) and WTO; bilateral trade agreements; interrelation between Global North and Global South; Bolivia & Switzerland; Agenda 2030.

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.132881

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/132881

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