Food Animal Production, Ethics, and Quality Assurance
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As the need increases for sustainable methods of feeding the growing world population, questions have emerged about the quality and safety of foods currently being produced in affluent, developed nations. Various studies indicate that with increasing affluence, consumers tend to shift their focus from food accessibility to food safety, quality, and ethical and social dimensions that are of importance to them (FAO 2009; Viaene and Gellynck 1997; Botonaki et al. 2006). Consumers with continuous access to food expect the products they purchase to be safe, nutritious, inexpensive, and high in quality and consistency (Beekman 2008), and substantial portions can afford to scrutinize the methods by which food is produced.
A number of reasons beyond relative affluence underlie such changes in consumer interest. Aside from the increasingly global nature of food production and trade and decreases in...
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