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From Biotech to Nanotech

Public Debates about Technological Modifi cation of Food

Jennifer B. Rogers-Brown, Christine Shearer, and Barbara Herr Harthorn

Technological modifications of food are being marketed as novel products that will enhance consumer choice and nutritional value. A recent manifestation is nanotechnology, entering the global food chain through food production, pesticides, vitamins, and food packaging. This article presents a detailed literature review on risk and benefit perceptions of technological developments for food and agriculture, including our own research from US deliberative workshops on nanotechnologies. The article suggests that many of the public concerns discussed in the literature on biotechnology in food are being raised in qualitative and quantitative studies on nanotechnologies for food: although nanotechnologies are generally perceived to be beneficial, many people express particular uneasiness about nanotechnological modifications of food. The article argues that these concerns represent material examples of unresolved social issues involving technologies and the food industry, including questions about the benefits of nanotechnology for food, and the heightened values attached to food as a cultural domain.

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Certification Regimes in the Global Agro-Food System and the Transformation of the Nature-Society Relationship

Ecological Modernization or Modernization of Ecology?

Md Saidul Islam

wealthy nations of the global North ( Marsden 1997 ; Westgren 2004 ). Consumer concern has centered on not only long-established issues like food safety and environmental degradation but also questions of labor exploitation and gender disparity in food

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From Urban Agriculture to Urban Food

Food System Analysis Based on Interaction Between Research, Policy, and Society

Heidrun Moschitz, Jan Landert, Christian Schader, and Rebekka Frick

food is produced in Basel” (consumer K10). An issue often raised in connection with food processing is food safety. Looking at the related activities of Basel’s administration, our sustainability analysis revealed that the city undertakes food safety

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We All We Got

Urban Black Ecologies of Care and Mutual Aid

Ashanté M. Reese and Symone A. Johnson

Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and U.S. Social Transformation . New York : Skyhorse Publishing . Dickinson , Maggie . Feeding the Crisis: Care and Abandonment in America's Food Safety Net . Vol. 71 . University of California Press , 2019 . Dwyer