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After BSE - A Future for the European Livestock Sector

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After BSE - A Future for the European Livestock Sector

Edited by E.P. Cunningham

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Author: Edited by E.P. Cunningham

About The Book

The BSE epidemic which began in Britain in 1986 plunged the European livestock sector into its largest peacetime crisis in 100 years. Though the epidemic is drawing to a close, the technical and economic impact will continue. Consumer confidence in the integrity of the food chain has been severely damaged.Government agencies and controls have been discredited.

Much has been done to correct the deficiencies that led to the crisis. Much remains to be done. Against this background, EAAP commissioned a group of fourteen experts to review the causes and consequences of the crisis. They were asked to place it in the context of the many factors that are forcing the pace of change in the livestock production sector, and in the food chain which it serves. Based on these analyses, they were charged with mapping the future options for the industry.

This book begins with the BSE epidemic. Present knowledge on its origin and spread are briefly and authoritatively reviewed; original analyses of its economic impact are presented; the management of risk and public information is reviewed; containment measures are documented, and the difficult question of meat and bone meal is fully discussed.

The concurrent challenges facing the industry are then analyzed. These include: the changing requirements of consumers; the growing concentration of economic power in food retailing and processing; the evolving economic structure of livestock farming in the EU 15; the questions of scale and competitiveness, and of intensification and nutrient overloading; the impact of changing EU policies, of globalization, and of integrating ten million farmers from new EU countries.

Discussion of future options begins with two stakeholder analyses - one based on economic, the other on ethical considerations. The requirements for transparency, accountability, traceability, and consumer assurance are discussed, as are the place for regional, special quality and organic products, and the contribution of science. A final Conclusions section presents ideas on how the European livestock sector can respond to the expectations of its customers and of producers themselves.

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Author Edited by E.P. Cunningham
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 104 pp
ISBN 9789076998237
Publication date 2003
Book Type Softcover




  • The Working Group
  • Acknowledgements

Executive Summary

Chapter 1. BSE: the Facts, the Impact, the Lessons

  • 1.1 The Epidemic in the UK
  • 1.2 International Spread
  • 1.3 Cost of the Epidemic
  • 1.4 The Learning Curve
  • 1.5 Containment Measures
  • 1.6 Risk Assessment and Communication - the UK Experience
  • 1.7 Meat and Bone Meal
  • References

Chapter 2. The Changing Context: an Industry in Transition

  • 2.1 The Changing Consumer
  • 2.2 The Effect of Food Scares
  • 2.3 Retailing and Processing: Rapidly Increasing Concentration
  • 2.4 The Producers
  • 2.5 Scale and Intensification
  • 2.6 Intensification and Animal Disease
  • 2.7 Externalities
  • 2.8 Trade and Competitiveness
  • 2.9 Evolution of EU Common Agricultural Policy
  • 2.10 Enlargement of the EU
  • References

Chapter 3. The Future: Vision and Options

  • 3.1 Stakeholders - The Ethical Framework
  • 3.2 Stakeholders - the Market Structure
  • 3.3 The Economic Context
  • 3.4 Reconnecting the Chain
  • 3.5 Transparency and Accountability
  • 3.6 Traceability
  • 3.7 Consumer Assurance
  • 3.8 The Place for Regional and Special Quality Products
  • 3.9 Organic Production
  • 3.10 The Place for Science
  • References



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