Global Governance of Food Production and Consumption: Issues and Challenges
Elgar, 2007 - 294 pages
The provision of food is undergoing radical transformations throughout the global community. Peter Oosterveer argues that, as a consequence, conventional national governmental regulations can no longer adequately respond to existing and emerging food risks and to environmental concerns. This book examines these challenges.
Translating recent innovative thinking in the social sciences - as seen in the work of Manuel Castells and John Urry amongst others - to the world of food, this book reviews the challenges facing global food governance and the innovative regulatory arrangements that are being introduced by different governments, NGOs and private companies. The analysis includes case-studies on the European BSE crisis, GM-food regulation, salmon and shrimp farming and food labelling. The author highlights how contemporary governance arrangements also have to acknowledge increasing consumer demand for food produced with care for the environment, animal welfare and social justice. Developing and implementing adequate global food governance arrangements therefore demands the active involvement of private firms, consumers, and civil society organisations with national governments.
Peter Oosterveer's book will appeal to scholars - postgraduate and above - involved in industrial organization, agricultural studies and environmental sciences as well as those with an interest in the globalisation and governance of this important and topical area.
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Interestingly , these two opposing groups of countries bridge the divide that traditionally exists between the developed and the developing countries . Whether these particular alliances will be permanent ones remains uncertain ...
The costs of compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary requirements faced by developing countries when accessing developed country markets can be very high ; in certain cases prohibitively so ( Henson et al . , 2000 ) .
Building on the example of the fair trade coffee label , a more inclusive certification scheme could be developed such as the fair trade fish label suggested by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations ( Grader et al .
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