It is widely understood that global food security requires more sustainable food systems. At the same time, governments have pushed for greater trade liberalization in the food sector as a means to promote food security. In this context, it is important to consider how the norms of environmental sustainability and trade liberalization interact with one another in global food governance arrangements. In this talk, Jennifer Clapp argues that trade and sustainability are often presented as mutually supportive goals in global food governance initiatives, but that the rationale for this linkage is weak on a number of fronts. She shows that despite the weaknesses of presenting these norms as mutually supportive, they continue to be linked in policy arenas for a variety of interrelated reasons.
Jennifer Clapp is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability and Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She has published widely on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, the environment, and food security. Her most recent books include Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012), Food (Polity, 2012) and Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (co-edited with Doris Fuchs, MIT Press, 2009). With support from Memorial's Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement, the Food Advocacy Research @ Memorial network hosted a very successful formal lecture and interactive seminar with Dr. by Dr. Clapp on September 22, 2016.