The Changing Landscape of Food Governance

The Changing Landscape of Food Governance

Public and Private Encounters

Edited by Tetty Havinga, Frans van Waarden and Donal Casey

As markets become more globalized, they have also become governed by an increasingly complex array of public and private regulation. This volume investigates the changing landscape of food governance. In so doing, the contributions to his volume provide insights into broader analytical issues that have concerned regulatory governance scholars. These include the legitimacy and effectiveness of public and private regulation, the interaction of networks of regulation, regulatory responses to crisis and the distribution of power in regulatory arrangements.

Chapter 8: The effectiveness of private food governance in fostering sustainable development

Agni Kalfagianni and Doris Fuchs

Subjects: law - academic, regulation and governance, politics and public policy, regulation and governance


Today’s global agrifood system is highly unsustainable. Problems exist with respect to carbon emissions, effluents, pesticide use, soil erosion and acidification, animal welfare, farm worker standards and farmer incomes, to name just a few. These problems have yet to be politically addressed with any degree of effectiveness. At the same time, private actors, especially transnational food corporations, have become key players in global agrifood governance (Clapp and Fuchs 2009). Today private food governance is a reality which exerts powerful influences on the sustainability of the global agrifood system. In consequence, science and politics urgently need to gain a better understanding of the relationship between agrifood sustainability and private food governance.

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