Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety / Edition 2

Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety / Edition 2

by Marion Nestle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520266064

ISBN-13: 9780520266063

Pub. Date: 06/15/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

Food safety is a matter of intense public concern, and for good reason. Millions of annual cases of food "poisonings" raise alarm not only about the food served in restaurants and fast-food outlets but also about foods bought in supermarkets. The introduction of genetically modified foods—immediately dubbed "Frankenfoods"—only adds to the general sense of

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Food safety is a matter of intense public concern, and for good reason. Millions of annual cases of food "poisonings" raise alarm not only about the food served in restaurants and fast-food outlets but also about foods bought in supermarkets. The introduction of genetically modified foods—immediately dubbed "Frankenfoods"—only adds to the general sense of unease. Finally, the events of September 11, 2001, heightened fears by exposing the vulnerability of food and water supplies to attacks by bioterrorists. How concerned should we be about such problems? Who is responsible for preventing them? Who benefits from ignoring them? Who decides?

Marion Nestle, author of the critically acclaimed Food Politics, argues that ensuring safe food involves more than washing hands or cooking food to higher temperatures. It involves politics. When it comes to food safety, billions of dollars are at stake, and industry, government, and consumers collide over issues of values, economics, and political power—and not always in the public interest. Although the debates may appear to be about science, Nestle maintains that they really are about control: Who decides when a food is safe?

She demonstrates how powerful food industries oppose safety regulations, deny accountability, and blame consumers when something goes wrong, and how century-old laws for ensuring food safety no longer protect our food supply. Accessible, informed, and even-handed, Safe Food is for anyone who cares how food is produced and wants to know more about the real issues underlying today's headlines.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520266063
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture Series
Edition description:
Updated and Expanded
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
414,651
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsxiii
List of Abbreviationsxv
Introduction: Food Safety Is Political1
Part 1Resisting Food Safety27
1.The Politics of Foodborne Illness: Issues and Origins33
2.Resisting Meat and Poultry Regulation, 1974-199462
3.Attempting Control of Food Pathogens, 1994-200286
4.Achieving Safe Food: Alternatives113
Part 2Safety as a Surrogate: The Ironic Politics of Food Biotechnology139
5.Peddling Dreams: Promises versus Reality145
6.Risks and Benefits: Who Decides?167
7.The Politics of Government Oversight194
8.The Politics of Consumer Concern: Distrust, Dread, and Outrage220
Conclusion: The Future of Food Safety: Public Health versus Bioterrorism249
AppendixThe Science of Plant Biotechnology277
Notes283
List of Tables327
List of Figures329
Index331

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