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Safe or Not Safe Paul Pechan

Safe or Not Safe By Paul Pechan

Safe or Not Safe by Paul Pechan

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This book discusses risk and the food supply. It details all aspects of risk and how it applies to food, from risk classification to risk management, and examines such issues as the political context of risk discussion and moral dimensions of decision making.

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Safe or Not Safe: Deciding What Risks to Accept in Our Environment and Food by Paul Pechan

Based on an EU workshop at the end of 2005, the book discusses risk and our food supply. The introductory chapter will discuss all aspects of risk and how it applies to food, from risk classification to risk management. Following a discussion of risk, the authors will present three different case studies that will emphasize the following issues:

* What do we want as individuals, as a society
* What is the political context of the risk discussion
* When do we act and what are the costs of not acting/acting
* International trade and legal issues
* Moral dimensions of decision making
* How do we deal with the disproportionate "power" of the various stakeholders
* Rationality/emotive aspects of argumentation (connection between perception /live experiences, knowledge)
* What are facts- and do they change with time
* Psychological aspects: rapture of trust; the need for certainty; connection between danger, fear and risk

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From the reviews:

"An additional subtitle to this excellent book should be 'risk management.' ... This book will be useful for a wide audience, especially students, faculty, and researchers in environmental, food, risk management, political science, legal, and communication disciplines, as well as politicians and the concerned public. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." (R. E. Buntrock, Choice, Vol. 49 (2), October, 2011)

About Paul Pechan

Paul Pechan is a researcher at the Department of Communication and Media Research, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. His background is in molecular biology but since 2000 he has been involved in the research and communication of science to the public and youth. His latest work includes scientific papers on information recall, texts for 5 health films and a UNESCO manual for teachers.

Allan Watt is a research scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh. He has led several international projects with a focus on conflicts between human activities and biodiversity.

Ingemar Pongratz is group leader and holds an Assistant Professorship at the Department for Biosciences and Nutrition at KI. Dr Pongratz's main research area is the biology and function of pHLH-PAS proteins and he leads his own research group studying the effects of dioxin exposure at the cellular level.

Ortwin Renn serves as full professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment at Stuttgart University (Germany). He directs the Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology Development (ZIRN) at Stuttgart University and the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes in environmental policy making.

Table of Contents

1. Risks.- 1.1. Why are we writing about this topic?.- 1.2. Risk as a science topic and expected impact on the society.- 1.3 Analysis of the risk issues involved.- 1.4 Stakeholder and Public involvement.- 1.5 Premises for successful risk governance.- 1.6 Chapter summary.- References.- Glossary.- 2. Biodiversity at Risk.- 2.1. Why are we writing about this topic?.- 2.2. Why is biodiversity important for the world and for everyday life?.- 2.3 Science and background.- 2.4 What do we do with what we know?.- 2.5 Future prospects.- 2.6 Chapter summary.- References.- Glossary.- 3.Chemical Contaminants in food.- 3.1 Why are we writing about this topic?.- 3.2 Chemical contaminants and expected impact.- 3.3 Why is the study of health effects caused by contaminants important?.- 3.4 Dioxin: description and origin.- 3.5 Managing Risk.- 3.6 Future perspectives.-3.7 Chapter summary.- References.- Glossary.- 4. The food choices we make.- 4.1. Why are we writing about this topic?.- 4.2. Why have genetically modified food? Why is it important for the world?.- 4.3. GM crops and food.- 4.4. How genetic engineering works.- 4.5. Risk Governance: What do we do to make sure GM crops are safe?.- 4.6. What happens if risk assessment does not lead to clear answers? 4.7. Communicating GMOs.- 4.8. Addressing potential risks of GM crops: case study of Germany.- 4.9. Future prospects.- 4.10. Chapter summary.- References.- Glossary.

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Safe or Not Safe: Deciding What Risks to Accept in Our Environment and Food by Paul Pechan
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
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