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The Food Economy

Frank Bunte and Hans Dagevos

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Author(s): Frank Bunte and Hans Dagevos

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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.

Additional Information

Author Frank Bunte and Hans Dagevos
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 192 pp
ISBN 9789086861095
Publication date 2009
Book Type Softcover



Part 1 ? Introduction

  • Expanding the size of the envelope that contains agriculture

Part 2 ? Market structures, mechanisms and materials

  • Globalisation in the food industry: the impact on market structures and firm postures
  • The food economy of today and tomorrow
  • The biofuels boom: implications for world food markets

Part 3 ? ?Software? becoming ?hardware?

  • Informing consumers about social and environmental conditions of globalised production
  • The interplay between private and public food safety standards
  • Making the livestock sector more sustainable

Part 4 ? Perspectives on food policy

  • Food policy in practice: the case of France
  • In response to challenges: Canada?s agriculture and agrifood policy evolution
  • Food for thought: setting the food policy?s research agenda

Part 5 ? Conclusion

  • Anticipating the future of the food economy



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