The New Regulation and Governance of Food: Beyond the Food by Terry Marsden, Robert Lee, Andrew Flynn, Samarthia

By Terry Marsden, Robert Lee, Andrew Flynn, Samarthia Thankappan

Major questions encompass who, how, and through what skill should still the pursuits of presidency, the non-public area, or shoppers carry authority and powers over judgements in regards to the construction and intake of meals. This ebook examines the improvement of nutrition coverage and rules following the BSE (mad cow ailment) concern of the overdue Nineteen Nineties, and strains the altering relationships among 3 key units of actors: inner most pursuits, reminiscent of the company outlets; public regulators, corresponding to the european directorates and united kingdom organizations; and patron teams at ecu and nationwide degrees. The authors discover how those pursuits take care of the conundrum of continuous to stimulate a corporately organised and more and more globalised foodstuff process even as making a public and consumer-based valid framework for it. The research develops a brand new version and synthesis of meals coverage and legislation which reassesses those public/private quarter obligations with new facts and theoretical insights.

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The question for governments become: how can new food safety and quality assurances be established given these new food/governance pressures? Beck’s (1992) Risk Society thesis elucidates this contemporary risk/ governance concern. Scientific research is not always able to provide a full and clear picture of what effects, for instance, widespread consumption of foods containing GMOs will have on human health (see Chapter 3 and Chapter 10). In view of this deficiency in ‘science-based’ decisionmaking, states, such as the UK, have become less resistant to value and culture-based advice infusing the conventional process of food safety regulation.

But at the same time the State cannot afford to relinquish its fundamental public responsibilities with regard to the safe and social provision of foods. The public will not stand for this, however addicted to the conventional system they may be. This fi ssure, left unresolved, lets in a whole range of hungry media interests with regard to the problems of food supply and provision, creating multiple moral panics with regard to the specificity and risks of food and eating. Again, at the same time the State, burdened, as it now is with continuing to promote a neo-liberal agenda, not least in stimulating a ‘competitive’ food sector, needs to be seen to be supportive to corporate agri-business capital.

At the same time, many companies connected with agriculture found that they were not ruined by the outbreak of the disease, but actually made significant windfall profits helping with the slaughter and disposal of cattle. 4 million for work undertaken at the time of the outbreak in facilitating the disposal of slaughtered stock (HM Comptroller and Auditor General, 2002). However, one must question the utility of many such cattle movements. For example at the time of the outbreak Britain imported 125,000 tonnes of lamb, but exported 102,000 tonnes (Lucas, 2001).

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