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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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Kosher Biotech

Between Religion, Regulation, and Globalization

Johan Fischer

we shall see below. A study by Lytton (2013) shows that the US kosher market is an example of successful private sector regulation in an era of growing public concern over the government’s ability to ensure food safety. From the 1990s onward, the

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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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Public Evaluation of Society in China

The Social Quality Approach

Ren Liying and Zou Yuchin

of questions on the evaluation of societal safety , such as personal and family property safety, personal safety, road traffic safety, medical safety, food safety, labor safety, personal information and privacy safety, and environmental safety

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Sophie Meunier

, from anti-trust competition policy to food safety. France, then, can no longer be the policy trailblazer it used to be since so many policies are now European in scale. Simultaneously, the gradual “widening” of the EU, from the initial six countries to