Food production, food security and safety are interlinked issues. Many incidences of food poisoning and unsafe food production have created much food fear among food consumers and exposed both food producers and consumers to health risks. Asia is a region producing much of its own food and has two-third of the world’s population. Food discussions in Asia have been mainly concerned about food security – whether we are producing enough food for the people. Producing a lot without a critical awareness for ‘safe food’ is a blind spot in food production. Since the 1960s, food production, from primary to secondary food production sectors, has undertaken a ‘sea’ change. Food industrialization and globalization has made more food available to those who can afford them. However, both processes have led to new obstacles for us to understand the food they are eating and new problems for primary food producers. New food technology, such as genetically modified food, has also brought great impacts on food production and consumption, and will become a central point of concern in coming decades. Indeed, national, regional and the global food systems have all had great implications on human health, the environment, and consumers’ relationships with such systems. The conference will gather food scholars and researchers from different disciplines to interrogate a series of eminent issues on food and sustainability. We identity three areas of concerns as follows:
(I) Food safety - What are the major factors contributing to current food safety concerns in HK, mainland China, and other places in Asia? - How are food safety issues related to social, cultural and political relations? - What are the best solutions for food safety concerns?
(II) Changing food production and relations - How has farming been transformed and farmers’ livelihood been impacted in the context of food industrialization and globalization? - What are the changing relationships between food producers and consumers? - How has food technology changed the ways of food production and consumption? - What are the ethical issues involved in the current food systems?
(III) Food policy - How will the state cope with the above food concerns? - What kinds of food policies may better ensure food safety, ethical food production, and responsible foodways? - What kind of regional networks and cooperation are needed to guarantee food safety and sustainability?
Convenors: Dr. Yan Hairong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Dr. He Huili, China Agricultural University Dr. Chan Yuk Wah, City University of Hong Kong
Organizers: City University of Hong Kong (Department of Asian and International Studies) The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China Research and Development Network) Sun Yat-sen University, China (South China Rural Research Centre) China Agricultural University (Peasants’ Problems Research Network)
Abstracts should be not more than 300 words and sent to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> by 31 July 2014. Notification of acceptance: 20 August 2014
*Partial funding for travel may be available on application.
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