Understanding wicked problems and organized irresponsibility: challenges for governing the sustainable intensification of chicken meat production

E.M. Bueren, E. Lammerts Van Bueren, A.J. van der Zijpp

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Abstract

Framing sustainable intensification as a wicked problem reveals how inherent trade-offs and resulting uncertainty and ambiguity block integrated problem solving as promoted by sustainable chain management approaches to production and consumption. The fragmented institutional set-up of the chains avoids that individual actors take responsibility for risks they helped to produce, resulting in ‘organized irresponsibility’. Governance arrangements for sustainable chain management focus especially on reducing risk and uncertainty and ignore trade-offs instead of acknowledging them. For the Dutch chicken meat chain, this article explores how wicked problems and organized irresponsibility influence governance opportunities for sustainable intensification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • supply chain management
  • antibiotic-resistance
  • escherichia-coli
  • risk
  • agriculture
  • uncertainty
  • future
  • issues
  • green

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