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  1. Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States

    | Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander

    The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...

  2. Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States

    | Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander

    The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...

  3. Consumer attitudes to injurious pecking in free-range egg production

    | Contributor(s):: Bennett, R. M., Jones, P. J., Nicol, C. J., Tranter, R. B., Weeks, C. A.

    Free-range egg producers face continuing problems from injurious pecking (IP) which has financial consequences for farmers and poor welfare implications for birds. Beak-trimming has been practised for many years to limit the damage caused by IP, but with the UK Government giving notification that...

  4. Investigating the role of coat colour, age, sex, and breed on outcomes for dogs at two animal shelters in the United States

    | Contributor(s):: Svoboda, H. J., Hoffman, C. L.

    The popular press frequently reports that coat colour bias negatively impacts shelter adoption rates for black domestic dogs. This phenomenon, commonly called 'black dog syndrome' (BDS), reportedly increases the likelihood of euthanasia for black dogs and negatively affects the length of black...

  5. The role of quality labels in market-driven animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Heerwagen, L. R., Morkbak, M. R., Denver, S., Sandoe, P., Christensen, T.

    In policy-making the consumption of specially labelled products, and its role in improving the welfare of livestock, has attracted considerable attention. There is in many countries a diverse market for animal welfare-friendly products which is potentially confusing and may lack transparency. We...

  6. The diverse values and motivations of Vermont farm to institution supply chain actors

    | Contributor(s):: Conner, D. S., Sevoian, N., Heiss, S. N., Berlin, L.

    Farm to institution (FTI) efforts aim to increase the amount of locally produced foods, typically fruits and vegetables, served by institutions such as schools, colleges, hospitals, senior meal sites, and correctional facilities. Scholars have cited these efforts as contributing to public health...

  7. Consumer choice and farmers' markets

    | Contributor(s):: Dodds, R., Holmes, M., Arunsopha, V., Chin, N., Le, T., Maung, S., Shum, M.

    The increasing popularity of local food consumption can be attributed to the heightened awareness of food safety concerns, carbon emissions produced from food transportation, and an understanding of how large corporations' obtain their food supplies. Although there is increasing discussion on...

  8. Food community networks as leverage for social embeddedness

    | Contributor(s):: Migliore, G., Schifani, G., Guccione, G. D., Cembalo, L.

    Social embeddedness, defined as the interaction of economic activities and social behavior, is used in this study as a conceptual tool to describe the growing phenomenon of food community networks (FCNs). The aim in this paper was to map the system of relations which the FCNs develop both inside...

  9. 'Bling with bite' - the rise of status and weapon dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Harding, S.

  10. Food supply chain governance and public health externalities: upstream policy interventions and the UK State. (Special issue: Food and the public's health)

    | Contributor(s):: Barling, D.

    Contemporary food supply chains are generating externalities with high economic and social costs, notably in public health terms through the rise in diet-related non-communicable disease. The UK State is developing policy strategies to tackle these public health problems alongside...

  11. Milk in the multiple: the making of organic milk in Norway. (Special Issue: Animal welfare in a broad perspective. Papers from the Nordic Network of Agriculture and Food Ethics.)

    | Contributor(s):: Larssaether, S.

    The current article looks into the development of an organic market segment in Norway by following organic milk and the controversies that have emerged in the trail of this morally infused artefact. In particular focus is the reformatting of organic milk around the turn of the millennium and the...

  12. Regulating functional foods in the European Union: informed choice versus consumer protection? (Special issue: Ethics as a dimension of agrifood policy: selected papers from the 4th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics)

    | Contributor(s):: Klompenhouwer, T., Belt, H. van den

    This paper reviews the experiences of the Netherlands and the UK with their attempts at self-regulation in order to judge the merits and weaknesses of the newly proposed European regulation for functional foods. It is indicated that a new EU regulation covering health claims and other claims on...

  13. 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...

  14. Sustainable development and Norwegian genetic engineering regulations: applications, impacts, and challenges

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

    The main purpose of The Norwegian Gene Technology Act (1993) is to enforce containment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and control of GMO releases. Furthermore, the Act intends to ensure that "production and use of GMOs should take place in an ethically and socially justifiable way, in...

  15. Swiss market for meat from animal-friendly production - responses of public and private actors in Switzerland

    | Contributor(s):: Phan-Huy, S. A., Fawaz, R. B.

    Animal welfare is an important societal issue in Switzerland. Policy makers have responded with strict legislation on animal protection and with two programmes to promote animal friendly husbandry. Also private actors in the meat industry initiated programmes for animal friendly meat production...

  16. 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...

  17. Research note on equity and ethics in state-promotion of agricultural products

    | Contributor(s):: Adelaja, A. O., Brumfield, R. G.

    Many state governments in the USA promote locally-produced farm products. This paper discusses issues related to the ethics and equity of such promotional programmes. The paper argues that generic promotion is generally easier to justify in terms of ethics and equity than brand promotion. It also...

  18. Challenges and paradoxes in the companion-animal niche

    | Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Bennett, P. C.

    By definition, the companion-animal niche demands merely that animals must provide companionship. At first glance, this may seem easy enough, but the forces that contribute to success in this niche are complex. Indeed, success as a companion is rarely measured in terms of biological fitness, and...

  19. Public opinion on UK milk marketing and dairy cow welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Ellis, K. A., Billington, K., McNeil, B., McKeegan, D. E. F.

    Interview questionnaires were administered to the general public in central Scotland and northern England during summer 2007 to investigate consumer awareness of UK dairy production methods, welfare issues and recognition of 'quality assurance' product logos. Fifty percent of respondents gave UK...

  20. Assessing the benefits of farm animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: McInerney, J. P.

    Concerns over declining farm animal welfare in the UK are associated to a large extent with the development of modern intensive systems introduced in the continuing pursuit of lower cost production. It seems to follow, therefore, that any restriction of these methods to benefit animals would mean...