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  1. Food, consumer concerns, and trust: food ethics for a globalizing market

    Contributor(s):: Brom, F. W. A.

    The use of biotechnology in food production gives rise to consumer concerns. The term consumer concern is often used as a container notion. It includes concerns about food safety, environmental and animal welfare consequences of food production systems, and intrinsic moral objections against...

  2. From trust to trustworthiness: why information is not enough in the food sector

    Contributor(s):: Meijboom, F. L. B., Visak, T., Brom, F. W. A.

    The many well-publicized food scandals in recent years have resulted in a general state of vulnerable trust. As a result, building consumer trust has become an important goal in agri-food policy. In their efforts to protect trust in the agricultural and food sector, governments and industries...

  3. Genetically modified (GM) crops: precautionary science and conflicts of interests

    Contributor(s):: Myhr, A. I., Traavik, T.

    Risk governance of GM plants and GM food products is presently subject to heated scientific and public controversies. Scientists and representatives of the biotechnology industry have dominated debates concerning safety issues. The public is suspicious with regard to the motives of scientists,...

  4. Meeting consumer concerns for food safety in South Korea: the importance of food safety and ethics in a globalizing market

    Contributor(s):: Kim, R. B.

    As the issue of food safety became one of the important public agenda, consumer concern for food safety became the general public concern. The Korea U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) completion allowing import of U.S. beef to Korea has turned into a massive public uproar and a series of...

  5. Public health, ethics, and functional foods. (Special issue: Food and the public's health)

    Contributor(s):: Schroeder, D.

    Functional foods aim to provide a positive impact on health and well-being beyond their nutritive content. As such, they are likely candidates to enhance the public health official's tool kit. Or are they? Although a very small number of functional foods (e.g., phytosterol-enriched margarine)...

  6. Reflections on the growing influence of good agricultural practices in the Global South

    Contributor(s):: Amekawa, Y.

    EurepGAP is a pioneering field level food safety protocol called 'good agricultural practices' currently exercising influence over the global food quality assurance system. Developed by a consortium of major European retailers, this private standard enforces codes of conduct that address issues...

  7. Risks associated with genetic modification: an annotated bibliography of peer reviewed natural science publications

    Contributor(s):: Weaver, S. A., Morris, M. C.

    An annotated bibliography is presented of peer-reviewed papers highlighting the human health, animal welfare, and environmental risks (concerning biodiversity in particular) associated with genetic modification. The bibliography is organized according to the nature of the risks in question: (1)...

  8. Safety assurance of foods: risk management depends on good science but it is not a scientific activity. (Special issue: Food safety, food quality and food ethics. Selected papers from the 3rd Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food

    Contributor(s):: Goga, B. T. C., Clementi, F.

    We make many decisions in our lives and we weigh the benefits against the drawbacks. Our decisions are based on what benefits are most important to us and what drawbacks we are willing to accept. Decisions about what we eat are made in the same way; but when it comes to safety, our decisions are...

  9. Societal concerns about pork and pork production and their relationships to the production system

    Contributor(s):: Kanis, E., Groen, A. F., Greef, K. H. de

    This paper examines the aspects of modern pigmeat production systems that give rise to concerns within various groups of actors and thereby affect the acceptability of pigmeat by these groups in western Europe. A brief description of a present day pigmeat production system and the actors involved...

  10. Special Issue: Ethics and the politics of food. (Special Issue: Ethics and the politics of food.)

    Contributor(s):: Lien, M. E., Anthony, R.

    This special issue examines how best to manage food production, distribution and consumption in an ethically viable manner. This issue consists of five papers. The first paper explains the differences between US and EU policies on genetically modified food and crops. The second paper explores the...

  11. The homiletics of risk. (Special issue: The Precautionary Principle)

    Contributor(s):: Busch, L.

    Today there is considerable disagreement between the USA and the EU with respect to food safety standards. Issues include genetically modified organisms, beef hormones, unpasteurized cheese, etc. In general, it is usually asserted that Europeans argue for the precautionary principle (with...

  12. The precautionary principle and pesticides

    Contributor(s):: Gremmen, B., Belt, H. van den

    In 1998, Greenpeace, Natuur en Milieu (Nature and Environment), Milieudefensie (Environmental Defence), and the National Consumers Union presented a report about the possible risks and hazards associated with pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. Although these organizations explicitly...

  13. The struggle over functional foods: justice and the social meaning of functional foods. (Special issue: Food safety, food quality and food ethics. Selected papers from the 3rd Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics)

    Contributor(s):: Korthals, M.

    The social and scientific debate over functional foods has two focal points. One is the issue of the reliability and trustworthiness of the claims connected with functional foods. The second issue is the issue of the sociocultural dimension of functional foods and their detrimental effect on the...

  14. Virgil, vigilance, and voice: agrifood ethics in an age of globalization

    Contributor(s):: Busch, L.

    Some 2000 years ago, Virgil wrote 'The Georgics', a political tract on Roman agriculture in the form of a poem. This paper argues that we are currently in need of a new Georgics that addresses the two key issues of our time: 'vigilance' and 'voice'. This need is a result of rising global trade in...

  15. What price cheap food?

    Contributor(s):: Appleby, M. C., Cutler, N., Gazzard, J., Goddard, P., Milne, J. A., Morgan, C., Redfern, A.

    This paper is the report of a meeting that gathered many of the UK's most senior animal scientists with representatives of the farming industry, consumer groups, animal welfare groups, and environmentalists. There was strong consensus that the current economic structure of agriculture cannot...

  16. Food safety - who is responsible?

    Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.

  17. Extensive livestock production and emerging social ethics for animals

    Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.

  18. Modeling the relationship between food animal health and human foodborne illness

    Contributor(s):: Singer, R. S., Cox, L. A., Jr., Dickson, J. S., Hurd, H. S., Phillips, I., Miller, G. Y.

    To achieve further reductions in foodborne illness levels in humans, effective pre-harvest interventions are needed. The health status of food animals that are destined to enter the human food supply chain may be an important, although often overlooked, factor in predicting the risk of human...

  19. Food law, ethics, and food safety regulation: roles, justifications, and expected limits

    Contributor(s):: Sperling, D.

    Recent food emergencies throughout the world have raised some serious ethical and legal concerns for nations and health organizations. While the legal regulations addressing food risks and foodborne illnesses are considerably varied and variously effective, less is known about the ethical...

  20. Food safety, quality, and ethics - a post-normal perspective. (Special issue: Food safety, food quality and food ethics. Selected papers from the 3rd Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics)

    Contributor(s):: Ravetz, J. R.

    I argue that the issues of food quality, in the most general sense including purity, safety, and ethics, can no longer be resolved through "normal" science and regulation. The reliance on reductionist science as the basis for policy and implementation has shown itself to be inadequate. I use...