Routledge studies in food, society and environment.
Around the world, food has probably never been as safe as it is today. However, periodic crises have aroused consumer anxiety and contributed to a general lack of confidence in the agro-industrial system. The diverse nature of these crises increases governments' and industry difficulties in predicting and tackling them. This book addresses the relations between risk and food theoretically and empirically through case studies from Japan and China. PartI of the book examines the interaction between theoretical aspects and decision-making. The book theorizes the links between food and risk and analyses the decision-making process in light of risks and governance. The relationship between food risks, governance systems and economic decisions is assessed to explore ideas such as the "pact of nutrition" and the theory of weak signals. PartII examines case studies from China and Japan in the aftermaths of recent crises such as the milk powder scandal in China and food safety following the Fukushima nuclear accident and tsunami in Japan. This book will be an important resource for scholars, academics and policy-makers in the fields of sociology, economics, food studies, Chinese studies and Japanese studies and theories of risks and safety.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
List of Figures List of Tables List of Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Introduction Part 1 Theoretical and Regulatory Framework Chapter 1 Beyond Weak Signals Listening Theory: From Risk Analysis to the Management of Alimentary Concerns
Jean-Pierre Poulain Chapter 2 Food Safety and Consumer Rationality: Is a "Food Pact" Possible?
Florent Champy Chapter 3 Contemporary Food Crises: When Industrial Failure Meets State Impotence Vincent Simoulin Part 2 Perspectives from Japan and China Chapter 4 Revisiting Frank Knight: Risks and Uncertainties in the Context of Food Safety in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Louis Augustin-Jean Chapter 5 Essential Elements for Interactive Risk Communication in the Food-Related Emergencies: A Model and Experiments on the Health Effects of Radioactive Substances Yoko Niiyama Chapter 6 The Private-Public Complementary Relationship for Managing Catastrophic Risk in Egg Production and Marketing in Japan Michitoshi Yamaguchi Chapter 7 The Rise of a Risk-Based Approach to Implementing Food Safety Law in China Yongkang An Chapter 8 A Study on Peasant Behaviour and Peasant Niche in Contemporary Chinas Agri-food Supply System: Evidence from Henan Province
Jinghan Ke and Shuji Hisano Chapter 9 Food Risks? What Food Risks? Gaps between Perception and Practice in Chinese Food Consumption