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Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance$
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Jennifer Clapp and Doris Fuchs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012751

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012751.001.0001

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In Whose Interests? Transparency and Accountability in the Global Governance of Food: Agribusiness, the Codex Alimentarius, and the World Trade Organization

In Whose Interests? Transparency and Accountability in the Global Governance of Food: Agribusiness, the Codex Alimentarius, and the World Trade Organization

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Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance
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Elizabeth Smythe

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012751.003.0004

This chapter examines the effects of corporate power on the emerging norms of transparency in the food sector at both the global and national level. It considers the questions concerning democratic accountability and the rights and capacity of food consumers to have choices, and addresses corporate power in the rule-making process of the Codex Alimentarius. The chapter also mentions that many consumers are becoming increasingly distant and detached from the sites of crop production and processing, and that the voices of consumers and small-scale local producers are increasingly at risk of becoming marginalized.

Keywords:   corporate power, transparency, food sector, democratic accountability, Codex Alimentarius, crop production, crop processing

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