Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Innovation in Food and Agriculture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_628



Innovation means change. In a case of food and agriculture, it can be the application of new proposals for raw material processing technology, packaging of products, new food additives, and new agricultural technologies. Innovation may lead to reducing or preventing adverse changes caused by microorganisms, oxidation of food ingredients, and enzymatic and nonenzymatic reactions, as well as ensuring safety by inhibiting the development of some pathogenic microorganisms. Change can also provide healthier and more nutritious food. The food is tastier because of the prevention of adverse qualitative changes in food composition, including organoleptic changes, and changes in the perception and pleasures from eating food. In addition, crops can be more abundant thanks to reduced exposure to diseases, adapted agricultural treatments, or higher resistance to changing weather...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Collegium of Socio-EconomicsWarsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of ManagementUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland