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"Analysis and assessment of the new European Agri-food Law in the contexts of food safety, sustainable development and international trade" (LASCAUX)
Start date: 01 Feb 2009, End date: 31 Jan 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"In Europe, agri-food legislation has been substantially transformed between 2002 and 2007. The result is metamorphosed law that must take place at the same time in a global free market economy, in European policies of public health and sustainable development, and in the legal regulation of global trade. This metamorphosis rendered inevitable in order to respond to three essential concerns: Developing the economic sector based on a high level of food safety; Putting food law and the European strategy of sustainable development in phase; Transcribing into the new agri-food law the environmental, cultural or social values Europe wishes to defend within the international trade. This new law is extremely fragmented and disparate, a fact that might hamper its understanding. This is why there is need to make it formally and substantially homogeneous in order to study it afterwards, to develop its study at universities, to make it more easily accessible to economic operators and to diffuse its contents to non European countries wishing to have their food products accepted in Europe. This radical change in agri-food law has a particular importance since this law must take the perspective of sustainable development into account. So, it is necessary to determine the content of the sustainable development concept in relation to food legislation. Such a determination will contribute to put in light the shared and non market-oriented values for which agri-food law is or should be a key contributor. Some of them have roots which may likely go back as far as when agriculture began. Others come from our social history, Human rights, actuality& Beyond the search for these values of our origins, past or present, the effort is to envisage concretely how the cultural relations of man to soil and food are reconciled within European agri-food law and in various legal systems in the world."
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