Beyond technocratic management in the food chain: Towards a new responsible professionalism in the Anthropocene

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Abstract

In this contribution, we argue that three related developments provide economic, environmental and social challenges and opportunities for a new responsible professionalism in the food chain: (1) the Anthropocene; (2) the bio-based economy; (3) precision livestock farming. These three interrelated developments indicate a transition in the way we understand the role and function of the food chain on the micro-, the meso- and the macro-level. This transition can be understood in two fundamental different ways, namely either as an extension of technocratic management beyond the micro level to the meso- and macro-level of the food chain, or as a transition to a new responsible professionalism. We argue that the technocratic approach is not able to address the socio-ethical issues that come along with these three developments, and explore various competencies and abilities that constitute a new responsible professionalism in the food chain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfessionals in food chains
EditorsSvenja Springer, Herwig Grimm
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages30-34
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868698
ISBN (Print)9789086863211
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventEURSAFE 2018 - Viana, Austria
Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018

Conference

ConferenceEURSAFE 2018
CountryAustria
Period13/06/1816/06/18

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    Blok, V. (2018). Beyond technocratic management in the food chain: Towards a new responsible professionalism in the Anthropocene. In S. Springer, & H. Grimm (Eds.), Professionals in food chains (pp. 30-34). Wageningen Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-869-8_2