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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McMichael ( 2000 ) for example claims that roughly 90 per cent of the world's food consumption occurs in the country where it is produced . Sixty per cent of the food is consumed by the rural population that produces it , whereas ...
For example : the Canadian province of British Columbia imposed a ban on building new fish farms in 1995 and only lifted this ban in 2002 when additional environmental regulations for fish escapes and waste disposal were reviewed and ...
See , for example , the sustainable commodity initiative launched by UNCTAD and IISD to improve the social , environmental and economic sustainability of commodity production and trade by developing global multi - stakeholder strategies ...
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