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The Food Economy: Global issues and challenges

Edited By: Frank Bunte and Hans Dagevos

Wageningen Academic Publishers

Paperback | May 2009 | #180933 | ISBN-13: 9789086861095
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The food economy is increasingly shaped by such new issues as sustainability, safety and quality standards, consumer health, and industry concentration. Cultural and ethical arguments gain momentum when aligned with issues such as economic welfare and stakeholder interests. The food economy grows ever more global and encompasses more elusive elements like trust, integrity, transparency, corporate social responsibility and creating emotional bonds with customers. The food economy is inextricably interrelated with globalisation, changes in consumer demand for food and energy, the ICT revolution, sustainability issues, and shifts in the relationship between private companies and public regulators.

The Food Economy explores a variety of trends and topics from the broad perspective that their evolution is interdependent with all kinds of counter currents and opposite notions: scarcity goes together with abundance, public and private initiatives co-evolve, slow food is connected with fast food, global brands and local products exist simultaneously. The Food Economy devotes chapters to existing and emerging issues and challenges of the expanding food economy. The Food Economy is relevant to academics, students, policymakers and consumers who are interested in recent developments in the food system and their implications for the food policy and research agendas in the years to come.


Preface - Gerard Viatte
Part 1 -Introduction
Expanding thye size of the envelope that contains agriculture
Hans Dagevos and Frank Bunte
Part 2 - Market structures, mechanisms and
Globalisation in the food industry: the impact on market
structures and firm postures
Arjen van Witteloostuijn
The food economy of today and tomorrow
Frank Bunte
The biofuels boom: implications for world food markets
Dileep K. Birur, Thomas W. Hertel and Wallace E. Tyner
Part 3 - `Software' becoming `hardware'
Informing consumers about social and environmental
conditions of globalised production
Barbara Fliess
The interplay between private and public food safety standards
Pepijn van de Port
Making the livestock sector more sustainable
Henning Steinfeld
Part 4 - Perspectives on food policy
Food policy in practice: the case of France
Egizio Valceschini
In response to challenges: Canada's agriculture and agrifood
policy evolution
Tulay Yildirim and Margaret Zafiriou
Food for thought: setting the food policy's research agenda
Loek Boonekamp, Bruce Lee and Hans Dagevos
Part 5 - Conclusion
Anticipating the future of the food economy
Frank Bunte and Hans Dagevos

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