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The Social and Economic Determinants of the Public's Health 
Who Will Control the Food System?
05 May - 12 May, 2000
 The Entrepreneurial City

Faculty:
Sandra Batie (Co-Chair) - Elton R. Smith Professor in Food and Agricultural Policy, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Simeon Ehui (Co-Chair) - Coordinator, International Livestock Research Institute, Livestock Policy Analysis Project, Addis Ababa
Walden Bello - Focus on Global South, Bangkok
Manuela Gut-Rella - Head, Food Chain Program, Novartis Crop Protection, AG, Basel
Richard Harwood - C. S. Mott Foundation Chair of Sustainable Agriculture, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Clive Peckham - Coordinator, East Anglia Food Link, Norwich, UK
Thomas Reardon - Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, Lansing
Donald Ritchie  

Additional Session Support:
Dr. Rick Foster (Resource Specialist)  
Oran Hesterman (Resource Specialist)  
Gail Imig (Resource Specialist) - Food Systems and Rural Development, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Michigan, USA

Abstract:
As the increasing demand for food places unprecedented pressure on the planet’s resources, debates intensify about ways in which these needs can be met in the coming decades. Some argue that agro-chemicals, biotechnology, and sophisticated “industrial scale” strategies will provide solutions; others question the advisability of placing full reliance on a singular industrial model to supply safe and nutritious foods for present and future generations. Critics of the industrial model warn of the social, economic, human health, and environmental effects, including biological pollution through the spread of recombinant DNA via agricultural biotechnology.

This session will examine how local, regional, and global food systems are undergoing constant change and challenge regarding food production, distribution, supply, and consumption in the future. Participants will consider the role of multinational corporations, government, and international trade organizations in food production and distribution; the effect of consumers’ choices and demands on food production systems; and the impact of the industrial model on farmers and consumers throughout the world.


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