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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extensively on decisions by the Codex to provide an undisputed scientific base , but the proceedings within the Codex itself have repeatedly become political battlegrounds undermining the scientific neutrality demanded for general ...
Lay people's judgement of risks is often not only based on objective scientific calculations , but much more on whether a risk is imposed by distant authorities and whether this risk is reversible or not ( Wynne , ibid . ) .
Another example is the scientific uncertainty about the possible longer - term effects of producing and consuming GM food , which made the public debates on the international regulation of GM food rather complex ( see Chapter 6 ) .
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