Agri-Food Governance and Expertise: The Production of International Food Standards

Lee, Richard (2009) Agri-Food Governance and Expertise: The Production of International Food Standards. Sociologia Ruralis, 49 (4). pp. 415-431. ISSN 0038-0199

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9523.2009.00493.x

Abstract

This article examines a particular mode of agri‐food governance: international food standard setting. Sociological accounts of technical regulatory processes such as standard setting can help to illuminate the role of expertise in the governance of the agri‐food system. Firstly, the potential contribution of the concept of epistemic communities to the analysis of international food standard setting is discussed. Secondly, the article details the architecture of international trade regulation and the operational procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (the Codex), the intergovernmental organisation in which international food standards are set. Thirdly, the role of scientific expertise to the standard setting process in the Codex is explored through a case‐study of the attempt to establish an international definition for dietary fibre. The article concludes by reflecting upon the importance of contestation over knowledge claims to the conduct of agri‐food governance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 15:01
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 15:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37570

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