White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

The European Approach to Sustainable Food Security: What Role for the Common Agricultural Policy?

Epstein, Alicia Ann (2017) The European Approach to Sustainable Food Security: What Role for the Common Agricultural Policy? PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

[img]
Preview
Text
EPSTEIN_AA_LAW_PhD_2017.pdf - Final eThesis - complete (pdf)
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales.

Download (2196Kb) | Preview

Abstract

Food security has always been at the heart of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, the way in which this objective has been pursued and formulated has changed considerably since the policy was first introduced in 1962. Not least, the European approach to food security has evolved from being primarily focused upon ensuring high levels of food supply and internal price stability to becoming increasingly responsive to the environmental implications of agricultural intensification. Thus, as the wider costs of intensive production have garnered heightened recognition, so too has appreciation of the need to move towards ecologically sustainable forms of agriculture, as a pre-requisite for securing long-term food security. In response, the sustainable management of natural resources and climate change has become a central CAP objective aimed at addressing the environmental externalities of land management practices funded under the CAP. And the relevance of this discussion has recently been carried forward in the context of the 2013 CAP reforms, which delivered the latest in a long line of measures aimed at greening the policy and reducing the negative externalities of European agriculture. These were explicitly introduced to give expression to the underlying principle of sustainable development, but important questions remain as to their ability to provide ecologically sustainable solutions. This thesis explores the central CAP objective of sustainable agriculture and its key role for ensuring food security. In doing so, it seeks to add to the current debate by critically assessing the impact of the sustainable development paradigm upon the framing of the EU agri-environmental measures and the greater implications that these may have for the long-term protection of ecological systems and food security. In particular, it analyses the main legal measures delivered by the 2013 CAP reforms and the extent to which they correspond to these long-term objectives.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Law (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Law (Leeds) > Centre for the Study of Law and Policy in Europe (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.727223
Depositing User: Ms Alicia A Epstein
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 09:56
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/18584

You do not need to contact us to get a copy of this thesis. Please use the 'Download' link(s) above to get a copy.
You can contact us about this thesis. If you need to make a general enquiry, please see the Contact us page.

Actions (repository staff only: login required)