Washington, DC — The United States has made strides in promoting food sovereignty as a way to preserve local food, but the country is still at risk of being left behind by the global food movement, according to a new study.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a series of measures designed to encourage food producers to share information about their production processes and to share more information about the ingredients used in their products.
While the government has made a number of other steps to encourage producers to make better choices, the new USDA study, “Food Sovereignty, Economic Development and Food Sovereignty: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and the EU,” found that this is only the first step toward realizing the U.K.’s food sovereignty goals.
The report, published in the journal Food Policy, analyzed the production processes, costs and benefits of Western-style agriculture in the United Kingdom and concluded that the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has an economic benefit of up to $4.5 trillion annually.
The United States, by contrast, does not have a treaty with the world and the CBD does not apply to food production.
That is a stark contrast to other countries like the United Arab Emirates, the United Republic of Tanzania and Indonesia, where the CBD is an important component of the national food policy.
The report is not the first attempt to analyze the economic and food-safety benefits of the CBD.
In 2014, the European Union released a draft report, “Agriculture and Food Safety in the European Community: A Case Study of the European CBD,” which estimated the CBD’s value in terms of economic benefits of food safety.
But the report was only the latest attempt to identify and quantify the economic benefit.
In 2016, the World Food Program (WFP) released a report titled “What is the Economic Benefit of Food Safety?” which examined the economic impact of the global movement to label GMOs, as well as the potential of food sovereignty in the future.
The study found that the CBD could provide the U to support agricultural sector development in developing countries, while providing the global economy with “a significant boost in agricultural production.”
According to the report, the CBD was a significant factor in the development of a global food market worth $10 trillion, which would have generated over $100 billion in revenue by 2030.
The United Kingdom, however, could not claim the CBD for itself, as the United Kingdoms only has a bilateral trade agreement with the EU.
The WFP concluded that if the United State were to follow the lead of the UK, it could be a significant partner in developing and exporting Western-styled agriculture to the developing world.
The UK, which had previously declared that its own food sovereignty was “absolutely necessary,” could use the CBD to push its own agriculture sector forward, and the WFP said that the WFPC is already looking into opportunities to create a trade alliance between the U and UK to help boost trade.
“This study provides valuable insight into how food sovereignty and food safety could be implemented in the UK and other member states,” WFP Secretary-General Patricia Harrison said in a statement.
“The potential economic benefits could be substantial, but it is also possible that this could lead to trade barriers between the two countries.”
The WFPS report concluded that a food sovereignty program would benefit both food producers and consumers, and also could boost the development and export of food products.
“While the benefits are likely to be substantial and the trade benefits minimal, they could also be offset by a reduction in food waste and pollution,” the report said.
“The CBD has the potential to create an economy that is more efficient and secure, which is crucial to a healthy and thriving global food system,” WFFP Deputy Director-General of Policy, Svetlana Kuznetsova, said in the same statement.