Public and Private Encounters
Edited by Tetty Havinga, Frans van Waarden and Donal Casey
Chapter 8: The effectiveness of private food governance in fostering sustainable development
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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