INVITE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Food Issues: An Encyclopedia

foodThose with relevant expertise are invited to contribute to what may become the standard reference work on food policy. It is an ambitious, three-volume, one million-word encyclopedia on Food Issues. The editors seek experts on every possible food topic ranging from agricultural subsidies to GMOs, food deserts to nutrition guidelines, home cooking to fine dining and everything in between. These are topics about which students, the public, and policy makers need to be informed with balanced authoritative entries.

Below is a more in-depth project description and the list of the remaining available topics. If you are interested in contributing, contact the editors of the volume via email:

Project Description

This reference work explores the topic of food across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and related areas including business, consumerism, marketing, and environmentalism. A carefully balanced academic work focusing on social and policy aspects of food production, safety, regulation, labeling, marketing, distribution, and consumption, this work will draw contributions from across the social sciences and related fields. Through this 3-volume encyclopedia, students will be introduced to this fascinating, at times contentious, and ever-so-vital field. A sampling of general topic areas to be covered includes the following: Agriculture, Labor, Food Processing, Marketing and Advertising, Trade and Distribution, Retail and Shopping, Consumption, Food Ideologies, Food in Popular Media, Food Safety, Environment, Health, Government Policy, Hunger and Poverty.

Available Topics

  1. Agricultural Check Points
  2. Agriculture, U.S. Department of
  3. Alar
  4. Animal Feed
  5. Anti-Trust Laws
  6. Aquaponics
  7. Baby Food
  8. Bacillus Thuringensis
  9. Balance of Trade
  10. Bankruptcy Laws
  11. Bans
  12. Barriers
  13. Beverage Industries
  14. Big Box Stores/Walmart/Clubs
  15. Billboards
  16. Bioactive Food Components
  17. Biodiversity
  18. Body Building Diets
  19. Botulism Branding (stickers on fruit, etc.)
  20. Carbon Footprints of the Food Industry
  21. Catering Business
  22. Cattle Industry
  23. Chemical Fertilizers
  24. Chemical Fertilizers, Effect on Environment
  25. Cloning
  26. Clubs and Membership Cards (shopping)
  27. Commercial Food Processors and Manufacturers
  28. Consistency of Food Products/Ingredients
  29. Consolidation of Wholesale and Retail Firms
  30. Convenience Stores
  31. Cooking Temperature Recommendations
  32. Coupons and Groupons
  33. Crop Insurance
  34. Culinary Diplomacy
  35. Day-Old Sales
  36. Dead Zones (in fisheries as a result of agricultural run-off)
  37. Demonination of Origin Laws
  38. Deregulation
  39. Distribution Centers
  40. E coli
  41. Economics of Food Commodities and Commodity Prices
  42. Embargoes Employment: Mandatory Breaks, Hours, Shift Work
  43. Equal Opportunity Employment/Discrimination
  44. Exports
  45. Fats Role in Diet
  46. Federal Trade Commission
  47. Fiber
  48. Food Additives
  49. Food Aid
  50. Food Fairs/Festivals
  51. Food Lobbying
  52. Food Quality
  53. Food Safety / Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  54. Food Science Departments/Programs in Universities
  55. Food Service Industries
  56. Food Stamps/WIC
  57. Forestry Management
  58. Fraud
  59. Frozen Food
  60. Frozen Foods: Processing
  61. Generic Brands
  62. Genetically Modified/Bioengineered Crops and Animals (SAFETY)
  63. Heirloom Varieties
  64. Herbicide Resistance
  65. Hydroponics Import and Export Duties
  66. Imported Food
  1. Industry Labor/Unions
  2. Inspection and Testing
  3. Interstate Commerce
  4. Invasive Pests: Containment/Prevention of
  5. Inventory Management
  6. Irradiation
  7. Just-in-Time Delivery
  8. Lactobacilli
  9. Locust Infestations/Plagues
  10. Low-Fat Foods
  11. Milling
  12. Minerals, in Nutrition
  13. Mini-Marts (in gas stations, pharmacies, etc)
  14. Monopolies
  15. Multinational Conglomerates
  16. Natural and Artifical Flavors and Fragrances
  17. Online Advertising
  18. Online Shopping
  19. Packaged Foods and Preservatives
  20. Patents and Trademark Litigation
  21. Pest Control (rodents, birds, wild animals, etc)
  22. Pesticide- and Chemical-laden Produce, Safety of
  23. Pesticide and Fertilizer Run-Off
  24. Pesticides – from farmer’s perspective
  25. Plant Breeding/Hybridization
  26. PLU (Price Look-Up) Codes
  27. Pollinators
  28. Population and Food Supply
  29. Port Inspections
  30. Preservatives
  31. Price Fixing (Sherman Act)
  32. Price Wars
  33. Pricing and Price Volatility
  34. Produce
  35. Quick Response or QR Codes (for scanning with phone)
  36. Rationing Recalls (and systems of recall)
  37. Regulation (industry, government, self)
  38. Research and Development
  39. Retail/Groceries, Labor in
  40. Seed Banks
  41. Self Check Out in Groceries
  42. Self-Distributing Chains
  43. Sell-By Dates
  44. Seventh Day Adventist Food Practices
  45. Shelf Life
  46. Smuggling
  47. Soil Degradation and Conservation
  48. Sprouting (grains, beans, etc.)
  49. Standards and Measures
  50. Steroids in Food Subsidies
  51. Tagging and Tracking Foods (from origins to point of retail sale)
  52. Tampering Tarrifs
  53. Taxation: General
  54. Technology and Machinery of Food Processing
  55. Terrorist Threats to Food and Drinking Supplies
  56. Threats to Clean Drinking Water
  57. Torts and Civil Litigation for Damages/ Class Action Suits
  58. Toxicity Testing
  59. Trade Wars
  60. University-Industry Relationships in Research
  61. Urbanization of Agricultural Land
  62. Vending Machines
  63. Whole Grains
  64. Worker Safety
  65. World Trade Organization
  66. Xerophthalmia

CALL FOR PAPERS – Ethical Issues in New Agricultural Biotechnology

We invite submissions for the Mistra Biotech workshop on ethical issues in new biotechnology in agriculture which is to be held in Uppsala, Sweden, Wednesday 11th September 2013.

The format for this one-day workshop involves four invited speakers plus selected submitted papers. We aim at intensive discussions and exchange on current ethical issues in biotechnology between scholars from the fields of e.g. philosophy, agrarian sciences, economics, ethics, political science, or sociology.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Potential topics include ethical issues prompted by:

  • Biotechnologically developed crops are no longer solely focused on agronomic traits (like Bt or herbicide tolerance), but also on allegedly environmentally beneficial characteristics or purported consumer health benefits. See for instance the news clip on the ‘Low GI potato’ (in Swedish with English subtitles)
  • New technologies make it unclear what is to count as a genetically modified organism, both legally and ontologically.
  • Nature and naturalness are still important categories in the discussions about agriculture and ethics. Relatedly, the organic farming movement is ambivalent towards biotechnology, with some regarding it as a possibility and others as a (mere) threat.

Space is limited and we will therefore accept only a small number of submissions. However, the speakers whose papers are selected for the workshop will have their costs covered by the workshop organizers. As an outcome of the workshop, we plan to submit edited versions of contributions to a suitable journal for publication.

We ask prospective participants to submit draft papers of no more than 3,000 including an abstract of 150 words. The time allocated for oral presentation of the contributions is 20 minutes excluding discussion. Please not that we are not asking for finalized papers, but substantial drafts, i.e. not mere abstracts.

Contributions should be sent via e-mail to:
The deadline for submitting contributions is Friday 3d May.
Notifications to authors will be sent out no later than June 1st.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, if you want to discuss topics suitable topics informally, or if you have queries about the workshop in general, please contact Per Sandin (addresses below). If you wish to attend the workshop without presenting, you are most welcome. The workshop is free of charge but pre-registration is necessary.

MistraTopp_web960Mistra Biotech is an interdisciplinary research program focusing on use of biotechnology for sustainable and competitive agriculture and food systems. The program started in 2013 and is funded by The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

The workshop is a satellite event to the EurSafe Congress (European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics), which runs in Uppsala between 11 and 14 September 2013, hosted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). This year’s conference theme is “The Ethics of Consumption”.

Per Sandin (workshop convener)
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Environmental Ethics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala
Dept of Crop Production Ecology
P.O. Box 7043
SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone +46(0)18673342


CALL FOR PAPERS – 1st Annual Workshop On Food Justice and Peace, MSU

msu food justice and peaceCall for Papers for the First Annual Workshop On Food Justice and Peace: Bringing Theory and Practice Together
At Michigan State University
Lansing, Michigan
April 12th-13th
Organized with The Shalom Center for Peace and Justice, Lansing, MI and the Philosophy Department of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

While there has currently been a large amount of work done on food justice both on the ground and in academia, very little of it connects insights gained in both arena. This workshop aims to help scholars and practitioners identify and address the challenges and opportunities in food justice, particularly coming out of the local food movement.

The conference will last two days: one day for academic talks and presentations, and another day for tours of places in the greater Lansing area where people are already working in their communities to address these issues. Academic papers are encouraged to be aimed at a broad audience, and ideally would also be focused on how theory can interact with practice.

Paper proposals and posters are invited in areas such as
1. Local Food, Small Scale Agriculture, and CSA Projects
2. Food Justice
3. Ecology
4. Social Epistemology
5. The Ethics of Food
6. Sustainability

The deadline for abstracts is FEBRUARY 15TH. Acceptance decisions will be made by MARCH 1ST.

Please submit abstracts and any questions to

PROGRAM – Master’s Programme in Applied Ethics

Center for Applied EthicsFrom 2013 the Centre for Applied Ethics at Linköping University, Sweden offers a master’s programme in applied ethics. The programme is open for students with different educational backgrounds who are interested in applied ethics. Please inform potential students. Deadline for applications: January 15, 2013

The programme started in 2001 and it has been recruiting students from all over the world as well as teachers from different countries. It is unique in Sweden and there are only a few similar programmes in Europe. Both Swedish and international students are welcome. We cooperate with the Master’s programme at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and students may choose courses in Utrecht, as part of the programme.


CONFERENCE – The Future of Food: Food, Culture and Ethics; Lisbon, Portugal

future of foodSeminar Series: The Future of Food – Environment, Health and Economy
December 13, 2012
3:00pm (workshop) & 5:30pm (conference)
“Food, culture and ethics ”
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (free entry)
Lisbon, Portugal
(information in Portuguese below – informações em português abaixo)

Workshop: “Food waste in Portugal”, coordinated by Sofia Guedes Vaz (SEA member)


Jesus Contreras (Observatori de l’Alimentació, Spain)
Mediterranean Diet: from necessity as a virtue to virtue as a necessity

Luísa Neto (University of Porto Law School, Portugal)
Nutrition as a public policy: the guarantee or the restriction of rights?

More information about the event can be found here.

About the Seminar series

The global economic crisis urges a new and comprehensive reflection upon the paradigm change regarding the definition of priorities and behaviour. Civil society can play a crucial role in the search for possible solutions, both locally and globally.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation focuses on anticipating the problems that will most affect our society by promoting informed debate about these challenges, trialling solutions for these problems at local level, mediating the dialogue between social organisations and various sectors of society, consolidating organisations’ capacity to act, mobilising partnerships and disseminating best practice.

In this context, the Gulbenkian Human Development Programme (GHDP) and the Gulbenkian Aid Development Programme (GADP) have organised a series of seminars, commissioned by José Lima Santos in co-operation with Isabel do Carmo and Pedro Graça, about the future of food and its implications on environment, health and economy. It aims to contribute to the debate by inviting experts in the various problem areas to share their knowledge and vision, as part of a wide-ranging and inclusive debate that promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and the emergence of new positions.

Possible options and choices will be discussed at each meeting, as well as a number of recommendations for the various stakeholders in each area: science and technology, economics and markets, public policies, consumers, farmers and industry.

The texts of the meetings will be published in a book.

Live online streaming of the event will be available.


Ciclo de Conferências: O Futuro da Alimentação – Ambiente, Saúde e Economia
13 de dezembro de 2012
15h00 (workshop) e 17h30 (conferência)
“Alimentação, Cultura e Ética”
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (entrada franca)
Lisboa, Portugal

Workshop: “Desperdício alimentar em Portugal”, coordenado por Sofia Guedes Vaz (membro da SEA)


Jesus Contreras (Observatori de l’Alimentació, Espanha)
Dieta mediterranea: de la necesidad como virtud a la virtud como necesidad

Luísa Neto (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
A nutrição como política pública: ainda a garantia ou já a restrição de

Maiores informações sobre os eventos estão disponíveis no site da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Sobre o ciclo de conferências

A crise económica mundial apela a uma reflexão profunda e emergente sobre a mudança de paradigma na definição de prioridades e nos comportamentos. A sociedade civil pode assumir um papel fundamental na procura de soluções possíveis, tanto ao nível mais local como global. A Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian tem vindo a investir na antecipação dos problemas que mais profundamente marcarão a nossa sociedade, na promoção do debate informado sobre estes desafios, na experimentação a nível local de novas soluções para aqueles problemas, na mediação do diálogo entre organizações sociais e os vários sectores da sociedade, no reforço da capacidade de atuação das organizações, na mobilização de parcerias e na disseminação de boas-práticas.

Nesta linha, o Programa Gulbenkian de Desenvolvimento Humano(PGDH) e o Programa Gulbenkian de Ajuda ao Desenvolvimento (PGAD) organizaram este ciclo de conferências sobre o futuro da alimentação e as suas implicações no ambiente, na saúde e na economia, comissariado por José Lima Santos com a colaboração de Isabel do Carmo e Pedro Graça. Convidámos especialistas nas diversas áreas-problema a partilhar connosco os seus conhecimentos e visão, no âmbito de um debate alargado e integrador que promova o diálogo interdisciplinar e a emergência de novas visões. Em cada uma das sessões serão analisadas opções e escolhas possíveis e produzidas recomendações para os diversos intervenientes: ciência e tecnologia, economia e mercados, políticas públicas, consumidores, agricultores e indústria.

Os textos das sessões serão editados em livro.

Os eventos serão transmitidos em direto online.

JOB – Rock Ethics Institute Postdoctoral Scholars

The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State has a threefold mission to promote ethics education, research, and outreach.  In particular, we aim a) to integrate ethics education across the Penn State curriculum and to provide informal ethics education to our community in order to underscore and strengthen a culture of integrity and responsibility at Penn State, and b) to serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research in the field of ethics that is both collaborative and policy-relevant.   We pursue our educational aim by working with faculty across the university to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to integrate ethics into their undergraduate classes. We are also launching a program to train STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to become leaders and educators in the field of research ethics. Our research efforts have led to a series of exciting collaborations related to food ethics, neuroethics, and climate ethics, including a recent NSF sponsored research network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management Strategies which will investigate the question: “What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?” At least four ten-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded with appointments beginning August 2013. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and may be continued for a maximum of 3 years contingent upon satisfactory performance and the needs of the Institute. The salary range is $45,000-$60,000 per year, depending on experience. We are interested in hiring Postdoctoral Scholars with expertise in the following areas:

  • Science and ethics, with particular interest in coupled epistemic-ethical issues in climate change science and in the life sciences
  • Engineering ethics
  • Bioethics, with particular interest in food ethics
  • Business ethics
  • Ethics education and moral literacy, with particular interest in ethics education assessment
  • Ethical leadership
  • Ethics in K-12 curriculum
  • Research ethics
  • Institutional ethics
  • Agricultural ethics

Scholars will receive training and mentorship. They will be expected to assist in designing, offering, and assessing ethics training for faculty and graduate students, to participate in collaborative research in ethics, and to help to strengthen the interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus. Scholars can expect to work on co-authored publications and engage in research that will contribute to their own research trajectory. Scholars may also receive experience working on grants and other fundraising activities. They will also work closely with senior faculty related to their area of expertise and participate in multi-disciplinary seminars and conferences. There may be opportunities to teach one class per year. Applicants are expected to have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. or professional degree by the appointment date.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit an online application at and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent confidentially to Deborah Trialonas at

A complete application will include the following materials:

  • A cover letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications, including how their background qualifies them for one or more of the above listed areas of interest and how their experience is relevant to the position as described;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by January 4, 2013. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage.  We will be interviewing candidates February 20-23, 2013 at the Central APA in New Orleans.  Skype interviews will be arranged for those unable to attend the Central APA meetings.