Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society

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    Authors & editors

    Herring, Ronald J

    Publisher Oxford University Press
    Year of publication 2014

    English (main text)

    Medium Book

    Economics & commerce > Feeding the World
    Arts, culture and heritage > The role of women


    Climate change
    Feeding the world

    Scope & contentPublisher:
    This book explores the complex interrelationships between food and agriculture, politics, and society. More specifically, it considers the political aspects of three basic economic questions: what is to be produced? how is it to be produced? how it is to be distributed?

    It also outlines three unifying themes running through the politics of answering these societal questions with regard to food, namely: ecology, technology and property. Furthermore, the book examines the tendency to address the new organization of global civil society around food, its production, distribution, and consequences for the least powerful within the context of the North-South divide; the problems of malnutrition as opposed to poverty, food insecurity, and food shortages, as well as the widespread undernutrition in developing countries; and how biotechnology can be used to ensure a sustainable human future by addressing global problems such as human population growth, pollution, climate change, and limited access to clean water and other basic food production resources.

    The influence of science and politics on the framing of modern agricultural technologies is also discussed, along with the worsening food crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, food security and food safety, and the relationship between gender inequality and food security. Other chapters deal with the link between land and food and its implications for social justice; the "eco-shopping” perspective; the transformation of the agrifood industry in developing countries; the role of wild foods in food security; agroecological intensification of smallholder production systems; and the ethics of food production and consumption.

    Part I Production: Technology, Knowledge, and Politics
    Part II Normative Knowledge: Ethics, Rights, and Distributive Justice
    Part III Nature: Food, Agriculture, and the Environment
    Part IV Food Values: Ideas, Interests, and Culture
    Part V Global Meets Local: Contestations, Movements, and Expertise

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    • Donor: Ron Cookson

    Divisions within this publication

    • 1: How is Food Political? Market, State, and Knowledge
    • 2: Science, Politics, and the Framing of Modern Agricultural Technologies
    • 3: Genetically Improved Crops
    • 4: Agroecological Intensification of Smallholder Farming
    • 5: The Hardest Case: What Blocks Improvements in Agriculture in Africa?
    • 6: The Poor, Malnutrition, Biofortification, and Biotechnology
    • 7: Biofuels: Competition for Cropland, Water, and Energy Resources
    • 8: Alternative Paths to Food Security
    • 9: Ethics of Food Production and Consumption
    • 10: Food, Justice, and Land
    • 11: Food Security, Productivity, and Gender Inequality
    • 12: Delivering Food Subsidy: The State and the Market
    • 13: Diets, Nutrition, and Poverty: Lessons from India
    • 14: Food Price and Trade Policy Biases: Inefficient, Inequitable, Yet not Inevitable
    • 15: Intellectual Property Rights and the Politics of Food
    • 16: Is Food the Answer to Malnutrition?
    • 17: Fighting Mother Nature with Biotechnology
    • 18: Climate Change and Agriculture: Countering Doomsday Scenarios
    • 19: Wild Foods
    • 20: Livestock in the Food Debate
    • 21: The Social Vision of the Alternative Food Movement
    • 22: Food Values Beyond Nutrition
    • 23: Cultural Politics of Food Safety: Genetically Modified Food in France, Japan, and the United States
    • 24: Food Safety
    • 25: The Politics of Food Labeling and Certification
    • 26: The Politics of Grocery Shopping: Eating, Voting, and (Possibly) Transforming the Food System
    • 27: The Political Economy of Regulation of Biotechnology in Agriculture
    • 28: Co-Existence in the Fields? GM, Organic, and Conventional Food Crops
    • 29: Global Movements for Food Justice
    • 30: The Rise of the Organic Foods Movement as a Transnational Phenomenon
    • 31: The Dialectic of Pro-Poor Papaya
    • 32: Thinking the African Food Crisis: The Sahel Forty Years On
    • 33: Transformation of the Agrifood Industry in Developing Countries
    • 34: The Twenty-First Century Agricultural Land Rush
    • 35: Agricultural Futures: The Politics of Knowledge