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Ethical Traceability and Communicating Food

Coff, C., Barling, D., Korthals, M., Nielsen, T. (Eds.)

2008, XXVI, 318 p.

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  • Covers a topic that is currently high on the agenda of the food industry and policy makers
  • Link traceability (which is proliferating in food chains) to the ethics of food production, hence ethical traceability
  • Uniquely approaches the subject from three angles: the philosophical underpinnings of food ethics, the role of traceability in contemporary food governance, and the practicalities of applying traceability to production ethics in three important food chains (UK bread, Danish bacon and Greek olive oil)
  • Explores the possibilities for using ethical traceability to communicate with consumers, to help them make informed choices

Traceability – the ability to track a product from farm to plate – is now widely used in the food sector for a range of purposes: it allows companies to improve efficiency, facilitates product recall, and helps producers flag the specific characteristics of their goods. But traceability systems are mainly designed and used by the people directly involved in the food chain. The people at the end of the food chain – food consumers – have little say in which attributes are traced, and can rarely access the information stored in traceability systems.

This book draws on philosophical discourses (like ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law) around food ethics and empirical research in three important food chains (UK bread, Danish bacon and Greek olive oil) to argue that ethical traceability systems could be used to communicate food information to consumers, allowing them not only to make food choices consistent with their own values, but also to play a more informed role in the way food is produced and distributed. It will appeal to academics, students and policy makers with an interest in traceability, food ethics and food policy.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Communicating Food - Food Ethics - Law - Nation - Philosophy - Sociology - Traceability - ethics

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Social Sciences

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Abbreviations List of tables and figures Contributors Editors’ Preface Foreword Ethical Traceability and Informed Food Choice Introduction;The Emergence of traceability in the food chain;Traceability in contemporary food chains;Ethics, traceability and food;Consumers’ ethical concerns;Informed food choice;The plan of the book;References. PART I Regulation, governance and narrative strategies of food traceability The European Union and the regulation of food traceability: from risk management to informed choice? EU governance and its review;U regulation of traceability;The reform of food safety regulation and food law in the EU: risk management and traceability as control;Food traceability as a relational tool for information, communication and participation;References. Governing and governance in the agri-food sector and traceability From governing to governance;Agri-food governance: the interaction of public and private forms Multi-level governance of food and agriculture;The international governance of agri-food traceability;Conclusion: the governance contexts for realizing ethical traceability;References. Narrative strategies in food advertising Introduction;Four possible narrative strategies of food advertising;Empirical research into narrative strategies used in Italian and Spanishjournals;Narratives and advertising strategies;Implications of advertising strategies for ethical traceability;Conclusion;References. PART II Ethical Traceability in three food supply chains: case studies of Danish bacon, UK wheat-bread and Greek olive oil Ethical traceability in the bacon supply chain Introduction;The Danish pork chain;Danish bacon;Ethical concerns in the pork sector;Traceability and ethical traceability in the chain;Stakeholders’ and consumers’ response to ethical concerns;Communication in the chain;Discussion of findings;References. Ethical traceability in the UK wheat-flour-bread chain Introduction;Wheat into bread: overview of a mature, complex supply chain;Traceability in the chain, and its ethical dimensions;Perspectives on ethical concerns along the chain;Information and communication along the chain;Some conclusions for ethical traceability;References. Traceability and ethical traceability in the Greek olive oil chain Introduction;The Greek olive oil chain;Traceability and ethical traceability in the olive oil chain;Ethical concerns along the olive oil chain;Conclusions on traceability and on ethical traceability in the olive oil chain;References. PART III Ethical Traceability and its philosophical implications for civil society, market, state and democracy Challenges of

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