Food, Globalization and Sustainability

Peter Oosterveer and David A. Sonnenfeld

London and New York: Earthscan/ Routledge, 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-84971-260-6
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-84971-261-3

eBook: ISBN 978-1-84977-679-0

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 NGOs 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.

Keywords: social theory, environmental policy, global networks and flows, alternative agri-food networks, urban agriculture, food policy

A textbook designed for courses in: Sociology; Environmental Studies; Agriculture and Food Studies; Politics, Governance and Law; Human Geography; Economics; and other fields

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