Description

Transparency for Sustainability in the Food Chain lays out the key issues and challenges in food safety, food quality, chain integrity, the link with consumers, and the technological base of tracking and tracing systems. This succinct volume brings readers up to speed on the state of the art in these areas, and the research trends in specific domains.

Transparency in the food sector, especially to consumers, is one of the priority issues on the agenda of consumer policy representatives. Food scandals and deficiencies in consumer communication have drawn increasing demands for food policies that ensure that food is safe and of the quality consumers expect. Further, consumers increasingly expect that food production processes limit negative impacts on the environment and consider social concerns.

Moving toward improved transparency requires action by stakeholders of the food chain but also knowledge on where and how to move. Researchers and professionals working in food sourcing, regulation, safety, and distribution will benefit from this clear overview.

Key Features

  • Specifies research to increase transparency in consumer communication
  • Details the state of the art and research challenges in several specific food supply domains
  • Involves food safety, food quality, chain integrity, the link with consumers, and the technological base of tracking and tracing systems

Readership

Researchers and professionals working in food sourcing, regulation, safety and distribution

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Acknowledgment
  • Executive Summary
  • Summary—List of Goals
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Problem Scenario and Vision
  • Chapter 3. Stakeholders for Transparency
    • 3.1 The Role of Government and Public Policies
    • 3.2 Consumers and Society
    • 3.3 Agriculture as Stakeholder in the Chain
    • 3.4 The Food Processing Industry
    • 3.5 The Role of Retail
  • Chapter 4. Challenges and Experiences
    • 4.1 Transparency Challenge 1: Transparency for Trust in Food Safety
    • 4.2 Transparency Challenge 2: Transparency for Trust in Food Quality
    • 4.3 Transparency Challenge 3: Transparency for Trust in Food Chain Integrity
    • 4.4 Transparency Challenge 4: Signaling Information to Build Confidence and Trust in the Food Chain
    • 4.5 Transparency Challenge 5: Technological Baseline Infrastructure for Tracking and Tracing
  • Chapter 5. Good Practice Experiences: An Integrated View
    • 5.1 Transparency Challenge 6: Integration
  • Chapter 6. Enabling Activities and Needs for Action
    • 6.1 Transparency Challenge 7: Communication with Stakeholders and Media
    • 6.2 Transparency Challenge 8: Dealing with Claims and Data Ownership
    • 6.3 Transparency Challenge 9: Coordination and Cooperation Initiatives
  • Chapter 7. Concluding Remarks
  • Reference List (Reports to the European Commission)
  • Public Deliverables
  • Internal Deliverables
  • Glossary of Selected Transparency Indicators

Details

No. of pages:
106
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780124171954
Electronic ISBN:
9780124172029

About the authors

Gerhard Schiefer

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn, Germany

Jivka Deiters

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn, Germany