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Global Governance of Food Production and Consumption

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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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Current Debates on Global Food Governance 3. Studying the Governance of Flows of Food in the Global Network Society: A Conceptual Framework 4. Governments and the Governance of Food 5. Reinventing Risk Politics: Reflexive Modernity and the BSE Crisis 6. Governing Genetically Modified Food in the Global Network Society 7. Turning Blue into Green? 8. Environmental Governance of Global Food Flows: Labelling as New Arrangements? 9. Conclusions References Index

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Peter Oosterveer, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

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