Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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- ESF Cheers for Student Athletes
- ESF Alumnus Inducted into NGA Hall of Fame
- Germain's Research Focuses on Working Forests
- ESF Student Named Scholar Athlete
- College Begins Expansion of Centennial Hall
- Loon Race, Guide Boat Celebrate Summer at Newcomb Campus
- High-tech, Remote-controlled Vessels Gather Data in Lake Ontario
- And They're Off: Graduates Move on to New Lives
- Honoree Sets Path for Grads to Improve Their World
- Dr. Thomas Amidon Honored as ESF Exemplary Researcher
- Three ESF Employees Honored with Chancellorís Awards
- Rosen Fellowships Allow Students to Pursue Exciting Projects
ESF Professor Co-authors Book on Food, Sustainability
New textbook addresses challenges for sustainability, health, governance
David A. Sonnenfeld, a professor of environmental studies at ESF, is co-author with Peter Oosterveer of Wageningen University of a new textbook, Food, Globalization and Sustainability, published this month by Earthscan/ Routledge.
The book explores the contributions of the environmental social sciences in addressing challenges of food governance, environmental impact of food production and trade, animal welfare, food safety, and more. Detailed case studies are included on fair trade, local food, and fish. Special attention is given to the respective roles of agricultural producers, food retailers and consumers.
In describing the book, the publisher states: "Food is increasingly traded internationally, thereby transforming the organization of food production and consumption globally. Distance between food producers and consumers is increasing and new concerns, such as environmental impact and animal welfare, are arising. This book provides an overview of the principal conceptual frameworks that have been developed for understanding these changes. It shows how conventional regulation of food provision through sovereign national governments is becoming elusive, at the same time as multinational companies put serious limits to governmental interventions. In this context, other social actors including food retailers and no-governmental organizations are shown to take up innovative roles in governing food provision, but their contribution to agro-food sustainability is under continuous scrutiny. The authors apply these themes in several detailed case studies, including organic, fair trade, local food and fish. On the basis of these cases, future developments are explored, with a focus on the respective roles of agricultural producers, retailers and consumers."