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Industrial Food for Thought: Timescapes of Risk

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  • Barbara Adam

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This paper explores the temporal dimension of risks associated with the production, trade and consumption of food. The paper operates at many levels of substantive and theoretical analysis: it focuses on problems for understanding and action that arise from the invisibility of the hazards, explores the effects of those hazards on consumers and sets out the differences in risks that are faced by farmers, processors, traders and consumers. With its emphasis on that which tends to be disattended in conventional social science analysis ­ the temporal and the invisible ­ the paper has implications for social theory at the level of ontology and epistemology. It concludes with reflections on the role of social theory in such contemporary timescapes of risk.

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  • Barbara Adam, 1999. "Industrial Food for Thought: Timescapes of Risk," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 8(2), pages 219-238, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev8:ev812
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    Keywords

    timescape; risk; innovative technology; food; invisible hazards;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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