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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2 Table 1.1 World exports in agricultural products ( index : 1990 = 100 ) Agricultural products 1992 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 121 141 Volume world production Volume world export Unit value Value world exports 103 110 99 108 ...
Some agricultural products are traded globally in large quantities but these exports only represent a small ... Wheat , for example , is the world's largest export crop among the cereals , but only 17 per cent of the global wheat ...
20 but the US did lose a substantial part of its beef export because of the BSE outbreak . In particular , the closure of the Japanese market for US beef proved damaging . Until 2004 , the US had been exporting about 9 per cent of its ...
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