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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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Jakob Klein

The article discusses recent attempts by an environmental NGO to promote the consumption of organic foods among residents in Kunming, Southwest China. Far from being elitist, activists engaged with popular environmental culture and with widespread concerns around health and food safety, and echoed advertisers' messages that associated the ‘healthfulness’ of organic foods with ‘nature’. The article also discusses two private organic food enterprises. Like the NGO, these enterprises attempted to both engage with popular concerns and educate consumers, and it is argued that the study of environmentalism and ethical consumption in urban China should include both NGOs and profit‐oriented enterprises.

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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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A French Paradox?

Toward an Explanation of Inconsistencies between Framing and Policies

Henri Bergeron, Patrick Castel, and Abigail C. Saguy

variations on these themes several times since then) has dominated French obesity politics—defining both economic interests and cultural representations of agriculture and food practices. 31 In the 1990s, however, new principles of food safety and their

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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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Spaces for Transdisciplinary Dialogues on the Relationship between Local Communities and Their Environment

The Case of a Rural Community in the Calchaquí Valley (Salta, Argentina)

Marta Crivos, María Rosa Martínez, Laura Teves, and Carolina Remorini

to the Spanish conquerors in return for spiritual and terrestrial care. 4 http://lacum.blogspot.com/ 5 These national programmes aim at improving food safety and sovereignty and at favouring the participation and organisation of vulnerable sectors of

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Becoming a global citizen?

Developing community-facing learning in the social sciences

Jane Booth

of food are wasted in UK households every year ( Clayton n.d. ) and 1.9 million tonnes of food are wasted by the food industry every year in the United Kingdom ( Fareshare n.d. ). At the First International Food Safety Conference, supported by the

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Surveying the Chemical Anthropocene

Chemical Imaginaries and the Politics of Defining Toxicity

Yogi Hale Hendlin

and Koch 2015 ). Many chemical analyses look at chemicals in isolation rather than in their formulations as commercially available and applied. Regulatory agencies such as the European Union's EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) take a “controlled

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Desperate Aspirations among Paraguayan Youths

The Renegotiation of Migration and Rural Futures

Corinna Land

cook, I learned how many things she is forced to do without, including meat and vegetables. Nuria always hated working in the fields, but now she regrets that she cannot grow some staple foods in her backyard, providing the food safety net that she is