Advancing Food Integrity
GMO Regulation, Agroecology, and Urban Agriculture
Gabriela Steier
​The proliferation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our increasingly globalized food system is trivializing the inherent risks to a sustainable world. Responding to the realities of climate change, urbanization, and a GMO-dominated industrialized food system, Gabriela Steier's seminal work addresses the interrelationship of these cutting-edge topics within a scholarly, legal context. In Advancing Food Integrity: GMO Regulation, Agroecology, and Urban Agriculture, Steier defines food integrity as the optimal measure of environmental sustainability and climate change resilience combined with food safety, security, and sovereignty for the farm-to-fork production and distribution of any food product. 

The book starts with a discussion of the food system and explores whether private law has sufficiently protected food or whether public law control is needed to safeguard food integrity. It proceeds to show how the proliferation of GMOs creates food insecurity by denying people’s access to food through food system centralization. Steier discusses how current industrial agricultural policy downplays the dangers of GMO monocultures to crop diversity and biodiversity, thereby weakening food production systems.

Striving to promote agroecology by providing a fresh and compelling narrative of interdisciplinary questions, Steier explores how farming can be geared toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices worldwide in the future. This book belongs in the libraries of all those interested in food law, environmental law, agroecology, sustainable agriculture, and urban living practices.


"Advancing Food Integrity" provides a comprehensive and analytical overview of the contemporary challenges faced by the government, industry, and civil society in an increasingly globalized world troubled with issues of climate change, urbanization, scientific advancement, and food security and safety. It offers not only a scholarly account to map such systematic, cutting-edge food integrity problems, but also optimal and innovative ways to solve them. This fascinating and timely book will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners of food law, environmental law, and agriculture and sustainability.

-Ching-Fu Lin, Assistant Professor of Law at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

There are provocative and controversial ideas in this book, chief among them, the very concept of food integrity and the role of GMOs. Whether or not you agree, this book deserves your attention. The food system is inherently provocative, inherently controversial, because food, the environment, human and animal wellbeing are at the same time essential and complex, evading easy answers at every turn. This book will expose you to perspectives that will help you navigate this intricate system.

-Joshua Ulan Galperin, Yale University

Gabriella Steier covers the issues of food safety, food sovereignty, food security, environmental sustainability and climate change in relation to GMOs from the perspective of a well-versed Food Lawyer, in order to demonstrate where private, public and international are at fault. Her approach gives new insights to the divide between the USA and the EU food regulatory regimes whether over hormone-raised beef, chlorinated chicken or GMOs. These food regulatory issues were one of the main reasons why the EU-US TTIP negotiations failed last year. This book is pertinent at this time in order to highlight the need for a more systematic look at why private, public and international law are not adequately advancing food integrity for the benefit of consumers & the environment.

-Raymond O’ Rourke, LLB, B.L., Food & Consumer Lawyer, Ireland
International Food Law and Policy

Gabriela Steier and Kiran Patel, Editors

International Food Law and Policy is the first interdisciplinary piece of academic literature of its kind with a comprehensive, reader-friendly approach to teaching the major aspects of food regulation, law, policy, food safety and environmental sustainability in a global context.  The sections are grouped by continents and focus on a range of cross-disciplinary subjects, such as public health, international food trade, the right to food, intellectual property and global regulatory aspects of food production. With its systematic approach, this book will be a valuable resource both for professionals working in food regulation and anyone interested in the subject. It provides a solid foundation for courses and master’s programs in environmental management, food law, policy and regulation, and sustainable development around the world.


This volume is an inspiring and breakthrough piece of academic scholarship and the first of its kind featuring a comprehensive reader-friendly approach to teach the intricacies of the various aspects of international farm animal, wildlife conservation, food safety and environmental protection law.  The selected focus areas are grouped in sections, such as agrobiodiversity, fishing and aquaculture, pollinators and pesticides, soil management, industrial animal production and transportation, and international food trade. Farm animal welfare, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, and food safety are the core of the selected chapters. Every chapter provides real-world examples to make the complex field easy to understand.

With its systematic approach, this book is devoted to anyone interested in the subject, becomes a valuable resource for professionals working in food regulation, and provides a solid foundation for courses and master’s programs in animal law, environmental policy, food and agriculture law, and regulation of these subjects around the world. Through its emphasis on sustainable food production, this work offers a cutting-edge selection of evolving topics at the heart of the pertinent discourse.

As one of its highlights, this books also provides “Tools for Change,” a unique compilation and analysis of laws from the major farm animal product trading nations. With these tools, practitioners, advocates, policy makers and other state-holders are equipped with information to start work toward improving farm animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and food safety through the use of law and policy.

Released in January 2017


This book is destined to become an encyclopedic and standard text for anyone interested in the intricate web of related issues related to attempts to manage modern intensive agriculture, by law or regulation. These issues, and the interrelationships among them, include farm animal welfare in both a national and international context; wildlife welfare in the face of animal agriculture; the effect of confined livestock production on numerous and vital aspects of environmental preservation; zoonotic disease; antimicrobial resistance tracking back to excessive antimicrobial use in confinement agriculture; overfishing; international political and regulatory issues emerging from attempting to manage these problems, and literally dozens of other issues that most thinking people have never even conceived of, let alone explored. Yet these issues have an incalculable effect on our well-being and the health and well-being of billions of animals and of our environment.
Steier and Patel have done us all an invaluable service in constructing this book.

- Prof. Bernard E. Rollin
University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Animal Sciences,
Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University Bioethicist
  Colorado State University


Steier and Patel have produced an exceptionally valuable work for scholars, students, and practitioners that recognizes and explores in depth the intersection of three fields -- farm animal, wildlife, and food safety law -- that are often considered separately. This volume covers important new ground in identifying, from international and comparative law perspectives, how these fields can learn from each other and work together to address problems that require the tools and protections of more than one field. As Professor Joyce Tischler noted in her excellent introduction to this book, the issue of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) requires this interdisciplinary approach for the law to address it effectively -- relying exclusively on animal, environmental, or food safety law will not adequately manage this daunting problem. Steier and Patel have assembled an impressive team of contributing authors, several of whom are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields, to explore and propose solutions to a wide range of cutting-edge challenges in these fields. As a scholar and teacher in environmental law and animal law, this book is both a valuable desk reference and a potential resource for my course materials and for my students' research papers on these topics. I highly recommend this essential resource.

- Randall S. Abate
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law

From an animal law perspective, food and environmental law have thus far given consideration to animals only in an anthropocentric sense. Professor Steier and Professor Patel aptly respond to this deficiency by congregating outstanding experts in food law, environmental law, animal law, and health law, and make an excellent case for an inclusive inquiry of the many challenges still ahead of us. The book consistently uses case studies to elucidate the complexities that arise at this intersection, which makes it a valuable resource for students and experienced scholars. International Farm Animal, Wildlife and Food Safety Law explores legal frontiers across the Atlantic and rightly deserves a place in the hands of global scholars.

- Dr. iur. Charlotte E. Blattner, MLaw
Law Faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland
Visiting International Scholar Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR