Food Tech Transitions – Reconnecting Agri-Food, Technology and Society

Reconnecting Agri-Food, Technology and Society

Graeff-Hönninger, Simone
Khajehei, Forough
Piatti, Cinzia

174 pp
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-21058-8
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-21061-8
E-Book ISBN: 978-3-030-21059-5

By Cinzia Piatti, Simone Graeff-Hönninger & Forough Khajehei (Editors). 2019. 174 pp. Springer

Technological innovation has been one of the driving forces behind all major shifts in production and consumption patterns. The food industry, predicated on technology and continuous innovation, is now entering a transition age, as scientific advancements restructure what people eat and how people think about food. The editors of Food Tech Transitions provide a critical analysis of food technology and its impact, including the disruption potential of production and consumption logic, nutrition patterns, agronomic practices, and the human, environmental and animal ethics that are associated with technological change.

The book is designed to integrate knowledge about food technology within the social sciences and a wider social perspective. Starting with an introductory section, which provides an overview of the technological and ecological changes currently shaping the food industry and society at large, the book tackles recent advancements in food processing, preserving, distributing and meal creation through the lens of wider social issues, while also analyzing the implications and challenges brought on by rapid change.

Section 1 provides an overview of the changes in the industry and its (often uneven) advancements, as well as related social, ecological and political issues. Section 2 addresses the more subtle sociological questions around production and consumption through case-studies. Section 3 embraces a more agronomic and wider agricultural perspective, questioning the suitability and adaptation of existing plants and resources for novel food technologies. Section 4 investigates nutrition-related issues stemming from altered dietary patterns. Finally, Section 5 addresses ethical questions related to food technology and the sustainability imperative in its tripartite form (social, environmental and economic).

The editors have designed the book as an interdisciplinary tool for academics and policymakers working in the food sciences and agronomy, as well as other related disciplines.

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Front Matter
Pages i-xx

Food Tech, Raw Materials and Trends

Front Matter
Pages 1-1

Novel Food Technologies and Their Acceptance
Forough Khajehei, Cinzia Piatti, Simone Graeff-Hönninger
Pages 3-22

Overview on the Food Industry and Its Advancement
Mehrdad Niakousari, Sara Hedayati, Zahra Tahsiri, Hamide Mirzaee
Pages 23-47

Post-Harvest Treatments and Related Food Quality
Bernhard Trierweiler, Christoph H. Weinert
Pages 49-63

Nutritional and Industrial Relevance of Particular Neotropical Pseudo-cereals
Catalina Acuña-Gutiérrez, Stefanny Campos-Boza, Andrés Hernández-Pridybailo, Víctor M. Jiménez
Pages 65-79

The Demand for Superfoods: Consumers’ Desire, Production Viability and Bio-intelligent Transition
Simone Graeff-Hönninger, Forough Khajehei
Pages 81-94

Food Tech, Society and Industry

Front Matter
Pages 95-95

Altering Production Patterns in the Food Industry: 3D Food Printing
Ioannis Skartsaris, Cinzia Piatti
Pages 97-110

Food Consumption and Technologies
Cinzia Piatti, Forough Khajehei
Pages 111-127

Technologies at the Crossroads of Food Security and Migration
Lubana Al-Sayed
Pages 129-148

Corporate Responsibility in a Transitioning Food Environment: Truth-Seeking and Truth-Telling
Louise Manning
Pages 149-169

Back Matter
Pages 171-174

Food Tech Transitions – Reconnecting Agri-Food, Technology and Society. Editors Cinzia Piatti, Simone Graeff-Hönninger & Forough Khajehei. 2019. 174 pp. Springer

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