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Retail governance and agrifood sustainability : insights and research needs

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Fuchs, Doris; Glaab, Katharina; Kalfagianni, Agni; Meyer-Eppler, Richard

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Corporate Editor Universität Münster, FB Erziehungswissenschaft und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Abstract "Food security, food safety, healthy consumption habits, and environmental sustainability are essential to the well-being of societies worldwide. Yet, progress in fostering sustainability in the global agrifood system has been slow at best and significant challenges remain. First, food insecurity remains a problem for millions of people, while its range and consequences have been aggravated by the recent food crisis (FAO 2008b). Second, repeated food scandals and health scares constitute additional challenges for food governance (World Bank 2005). Food is the number one cause of premature death in the western world due to the increasing consumption of fattier, saltier, and sweeter foods and drinks (Popkin 2002). Even in many Asian countries obesogenic diets are becoming more prevalent (Florentino 2002; IOTF 2005). Third, threats to the provision of adequate amounts of nutritious food are expected to multiply as a result of climate change (European Commission 2008a). At the same time, the food sector itself is a major contributor to direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (FAO 2008a). Fourth, alternative food products – while promising environmental and health benefits in relation to their conventional equivalents – are also associated with costs. In India, thousands of farmers have reportedly committed suicide, partly as a result of debt due to unfair biotech deals (Nagaraj 2008).(...)" [authors remark]
Keywords food and luxury products industry; agricultural industry; sustainable development; retail trade; agriculture; climate change; corporate governance; livelihood; governance
Classification Ecology, Environment
Method documentation
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Münster
Page/Pages 62 p.
Series Sustainable Governance Discussion Paper, 01/2010
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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