Ethical Traceability and Communicating Food

  • Christian Coff
  • David Barling
  • Michiel Korthals
  • Thorkild Nielsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Regulation, Governance and Narrative Strategies of Food Traceability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-21
    2. Christian Coff, Michiel Korthals, David Barling
      Pages 1-18
    3. Guido Nicolosi, Michiel Korthals
      Pages 63-78
  3. Ethical Traceability in Three Food Supply Chains: Case Studies of Danish Bacon, UK Wheat-Bread and Greek Olive Oil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-81
    2. Thorkild Nielsen, Niels Heine Kristensen
      Pages 83-123
    3. Rosalind Sharpe, David Barling, Tim Lang
      Pages 125-165
    4. Agapi Vassiliou, Emmanouil Kabourakis, Dimitris Papadopoulos
      Pages 167-191
  4. Ethical Traceability and its Philosophical Implications for Civil Society, Market, State and Democracy

  5. Conclusions and Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-276
    2. Volkert Beekman, Christian Coff, Michiel Korthals, Liesbeth Schipper
      Pages 277-291
    3. Christian Coff, David Barling, Michiel Korthals
      Pages 293-301
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 304-318

About this book


Traceability – the ability to track a product from farm to plate – is now widely used in the food sector for a range of purposes: it allows companies to improve efficiency, facilitates product recall, and helps producers flag the specific characteristics of their goods. But traceability systems are mainly designed and used by the people directly involved in the food chain. The people at the end of the food chain – food consumers – have little say in which attributes are traced, and can rarely access the information stored in traceability systems.

This book draws on philosophical discourses (like ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law) around food ethics and empirical research in three important food chains (UK bread, Danish bacon and Greek olive oil) to argue that ethical traceability systems could be used to communicate food information to consumers, allowing them not only to make food choices consistent with their own values, but also to play a more informed role in the way food is produced and distributed. It will appeal to academics, students and policy makers with an interest in traceability, food ethics and food policy.


Communicating Food Food Ethics Law Nation Philosophy Sociology Traceability ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Coff
    • 1
  • David Barling
    • 2
  • Michiel Korthals
    • 3
  • Thorkild Nielsen
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Ethics and LawDenmark
  2. 2.Centre for Food PolicyCity UniversityUK
  3. 3.Applied Philosophy GroupWageningen UniversityNetherlands
  4. 4.Department of Manufacturing and ManagementTechnical University of DenmarkDenmark

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