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Title: Innovation and Food System Sustainability: Public Concerns vs Private Interests
Authors: Sodano, Valeria
Authors (Email): Sodano, Valeria (
Editors: Fritz, Melanie
Rickert, Ursula
Schiefer, Gerhard
Editors (Email): Fritz, Melanie (
Rickert, Ursula (
Schiefer, Gerhard (
Keywords: innovation
local food systems
fresh produce
participatory democracy
Issue Date: 2008-10
Series/Report no.: proceedings
Abstract: The food system negatively affects the environment, human health and the total well being of the society in many ways, causing: soil and water depletion, pollution due to the waste treatments, acid rains, desertification, climate change, ozone depletion and biodiversity loss. The paper endeavors to compare the needs of a sustainable food system with strategies actually carried out at private and public level. It is shown that while the process of trade liberalization is pushing towards market deregulation and decreasing state intervention, corporate social responsibility is very low and unable to tackle the huge environmental problems faced by the food system. The main conclusion of the paper is that the current competitive games played by leading firms are not in any way able to promote the sustainability of the new global food system and that more state intervention is requested in order to reach the goal.
Identifiers: ISBN 978-3-932887-96-3
Institution/Association: European Association of Agricultural Economists>110th Seminar, February 18-22, 2008, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria
Total Pages: 10
From Page: 9
To Page: 18
Collections:110th Seminar, February 18-22, 2008, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria

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