The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society

Hardcover | February 5, 2015

EditorRonald J. Herring

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Food has, for most of our species history, been intensely political: who gets to eat what, how often, and through what means? The scale of polity in question has shifted over time, from very local institutions dividing up grain piles to an international community imagined in the MillenniumDevelopment Goals of the United Nations. Simultaneously, the numbers and interests of people asserting political stakes in food and agriculture have likewise shifted up and out. Global networks advocate social justice in distal agrarian systems, promotion of some farming techniques and prohibitionof others, food sovereignty or efficiencies of markets and trade. Political consumerism allows the well-endowed to "vote with their dollars" for changes in food systems far from home, but depends on certification and labeling from unseen institutions. As an object of governmentality, food has neverbeen so prominent. The thirty-five handbook chapters confront four major themes in the politics of food: property, technology, justice and knowledge. Ronald Herring's editorial introduction asks how food is political, highlighting contention around the role of market, state and information in societal decisions. Thefirst section of the handbook then examines technology, science and knowledge in food production. What is known - and disputed - about malnutrition, poverty and food security? The second section addresses ethics, rights and distributive justice: agrarian reform, gender inequality, entitlements andsubsidies, and the social vision of the alternative food movement. The third section looks to intersections of agriculture and nature: wild foods, livestock, agro-ecological approaches to sustainability, and climate change and genetic engineering. The fourth section addresses food values andculture: political consumerism, labeling and certification, the science and cultural politics of food safety, values driving regulation of genetically modified foods and potential coexistence of GMOs, and organic and conventional crops. The fifth and final section looks at frontiers of globalcontentions: rival transnational advocacy networks, social movements for organic farming, the who and why of international land grabbing, junctures of cosmopolitan and local food narratives, the "supermarket revolution" and the international agrifood industry in low-income countries, and politics ofknowledge in agricultural futures.

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Food has, for most of our species history, been intensely political: who gets to eat what, how often, and through what means? The scale of polity in question has shifted over time, from very local institutions dividing up grain piles to an international community imagined in the MillenniumDevelopment Goals of the United Nations. Simult...

Ronald J. Herring is Professor of Government and International Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:904 pages, 9.88 × 7.2 × 2.28 inPublished:February 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsIntroduction: Food, Politics, and Society1. Ronald J. Herring: How is Food Political? Market, State, and KnowledgePart I Production: Technology, Knowledge, and Politics2. John Harriss, Drew Stewart: Science, Politics, and the Framing of Modern Agricultural Technologies3. Martina Newell-McGloughlin: Genetically Improved Crops4. Rebecca Nelson, Robert Coe: Agroecological Intensification of Smallholder Farming5. Robert L. Paarlberg: The Hardest Case: What Blocks Improvements in Agriculture in Africa?6. Alexander Stein: The Poor, Malnutrition, Biofortification, and Biotechnology7. David Pimentel, Michael Burgess: Biofuels: Competition for Land, Resources, and Political Subsidies8. Norman Uphoff: Alternative Paths to Food SecurityPart II Normative Knowledge: Ethics, Rights, and Distributive Justice9. Michael Korthals: Ethics of Food Production and Consumption10. Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Jennifer C. Franco: Food, Justice, and Land11. Bina Agarwal: Food Security, Productivity, and Gender Inequality12. Ashok Kotwal, Bharat Ramaswami: Delivering Food Subsidy: The State and the Market13. Raghav Gaiha, Raghbendra Jha, Vani S. Kulkarni, Nidhi Kaicker: Diets, Nutrition, and Poverty: Lessons from India14. Kym Andersen: Food Price and Trade Policy Biases: Inefficient, Inequitable, yet not Inevitable15. Krishna Ravi Srinivas: Intellectual Property Rights and the Politics of Food16. Davod E. Sahn: Is Food the Answer to MalnutritionPart III Nature: Food, Agriculture, and the Environment17. Alan McHughen: Fighting Mother Nature with Biotechnology18. Derrill D. Watson II: Climate Change and Agriculture: Countering Doomsday Scenarios19. Jules Pretty, Zareen Bharucha: Wild Foods20. Purvi Mehta-Bhatt, Paulo Ficarelli: Livestock in the Food Debate21. Siddhartha Shome: The Social Vision of the Alternative Food MovementPart IV Food Values: Ideas, Interests, and Culture22. Ann Grodzins Gold: Food Values Beyond Nutrition23. Kyoko Sato: Cultural Politics of Food Safety: Genetically Modified Food in Japan, France, and the United States24. Bruce Chassy: Food Safety25. Emily Clough: The Politics of Food Labeling and Certification26. Josee Johnston, Norah MacKendrick: The Politics of Grocery Shopping: Eating, Voting, and (Possibly) Transforming the Food System27. Gregory D. Graff, Gal Hochman, David Zilberman: The Political Economy of Regulation of Biotechnology in Agriculture28. Janice Thies: Coexistence in the Fields? GM, Organic, and Conventional Food CropsPart V Global Meets Local: Contestations, Movements, and Expertise29. M. Jahi Chappell: Global Movements for Food Justice30. Tomas Larsson: The Rise of the Organic Foods Movement as a Transnational Phenomenon31. Sarah Davidson Evanega, Mark Lynas: Global Meets Local in Food Narratives: The Case of the Thai Papaya32. Michael J. Watts: Thinking the African Food Crisis: The Sahel Forty Years On33. Thomas Reardon, C. Peter Timmer: Transformation of the Agrifood Industry in Developing Countries34. Gregory Thaler: The Twenty-first Century Agricultural Land Rush35. Ian Scoones: Agricultural Futures: The Politics of KnowledgeIndex