Barling David

Barling David
University of Hertfordshire | UH · Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management Research

PhD

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Introduction
Policy and governance of food systems. Food Policy. Politics of agri-food security and sustainability. Current research projects: 1. Governance of UK and European food value chains 2. Policies and Governance of UK beef and sheep meat food systems 3. Britain's Food Policy and Security, and Agricultural transition policies.
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November 2002 - June 2015
City, University of London
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 1985 - October 2002
University of West London
Position
  • Senior Lecturer Food Policy

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Publications (73)
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To address the policy malfunctions of the recent past and present, UK food policy needs to link policy areas that in the past have been dealt with in a disparate manner, and to draw on a new ecological public health approach. This will need a shift within the dominant trade liberalization–national economic competitiveness paradigm that currently in...
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The notion of food security has an important history as a key concept for 20th-century policymakers. Two overarching perspectives on food security are identified. One centred on raising production as the core answer to under-consumption and hunger. The other is an emerging perspective, more social and ecological, accepting the need to address a com...
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This paper identifies the governance dynamics and the international policy architecture that frame contemporary policy actions in relation to the food supply and elaborates on key governance tensions that policy makers need to address to feed the world's growing population by the mid-21st century. Two main dimensions of governance are examined: the...
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The role of policy styles in policymaking has attracted renewed scholarly interest in recent years. One of the central debates in this literature revolves around the question of how to reconcile archetype national policy styles with considerable differences in modus operandi across policy sectors. A sector-specific feature that is considered a key...
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This paper provides an alternative narrative for organizing food systems. It introduces meshwork as a novel theoretical lens to examine the ontological assumptions underlying the shadow and informal dynamics of organizing food. Through a longitudinal qualitative case study, we place relationality and becoming at the centre of organizing food and fo...
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For farmers–growers, the routes to market can be complex as their produce moves through the food value chain to the final consumer [...]
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A public food procurement policy has been identified as having significant potential to drive food consumption and production towards greater sustainability, delivering social, economic, environmental, and health benefits to multiple beneficiaries. However, empirical research reveals that the potential of public procurement of sustainable food (PPS...
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The impact of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the response of government and non-government actors, from February-September 2020, offers critical insights into the current state of England’s food policy processes and operations, and in particular the coordination of national food policy approaches. This study aims to clarify and solidif...
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System dynamics and agent-based simulation modelling approaches have a potential as tools to evaluate the impact of policy related decision making in food value chains. The context is that a food value chain involves flows of multiple products, financial flows and decision making among the food value chain players. Each decision may be viewed from...
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This paper explores the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis as a disruptor to Britain’s beef and sheep supply chains. The assessment of COVID-19 impacts is based on the triangulation of farming and industry news reports, submissions to a government COVID-19 enquiry and interviews with industry experts. We find that livestock farming and farm services we...
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Antimicrobial usage (AMU) surveillance coverage remains low in the GB beef sub-sector and appears largely absent in the sheep sub-sector. Furthermore, no anthelmintic usage (AHU) data is captured for national surveillance. This research brief highlights the findings from the research report: "Exploring the barriers and incentives towards effective...
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Antimicrobial usage (AMU) surveillance coverage remains low in the GB beef sub-sector and appears largely absent in the sheep sub-sector. Furthermore, no anthelmintic usage (AHU) data is captured for national surveillance. This research report highlights the findings and proposes recommendations towards effective AMHU surveillance in GB beef cattle...
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This article explores the spaces for, and boundaries to, London’s food policy. Leveraging the concept of institutions as policy-structuring forces, it positions immediate policymaking capacity and potential as delineated by broader historical, social and legislative institutions. Using new data, the findings identify structuring effects including:...
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A variety of antimicrobials and antiparasitics are used to treat British cattle and sheep to ensure animal welfare, a safe food supply, and maintain farm incomes. However, with increasing global concern about antimicrobial resistance in human and animal populations, there is increased scrutiny of the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals....
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This paper explores the role of ethics and responsibility as drivers of a transition to a more sustainable agri-food system, by drawing on an investigation of the governance of social sustainability in the UK’s conventional food supply. The paper investigates how and why various non-state actors in the conventional food supply construe certain soci...
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This Symposium contributes to a theoretical and methodological discussion on the role of ethics and responsibility in the governance of agri-food systems, as drivers for transitions towards sustainability. The papers in the Symposium are the outcomes of a collective reflection that was initiated at the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) 20...
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The article considers how policy can address the local-global within a wider commitment to food sustainability and draws on research conducted for the EU-funded GLAMUR project (Global and local food assessment: a multidimensional performance-based approach). Case study data identifies four key policy challenges for policymakers. Addressing these ch...
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While the term food security has mainly been used in relation to the security of food supply in developing countries, at both national and at household levels, the issue has recently moved up the policy agenda in developed countries, including the UK. Two key themes in this debate are: 1. How much food should the UK produce? Are there optimum and s...
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A growing number of consumers are concerned with the impacts of consumption choices. Local food supply chains are increasingly being discussed for their potential to overcome the impacts of global and more industrialized chains. However, opposition between local and global food systems is being questioned and distinctions are ambiguous. Can sustain...
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Purpose Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99 % of companies operating in the European food and drink industry and, often, are part of highly fragmented and complex food chains. The article focuses on the development of a social impact assessment methodology for SMEs in selected food and drink products as part of the EU-FP7 SENSE resea...
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The rise of food security up international political, societal and academic agendas has led to increasing interest in novel means of improving primary food production and reducing waste. There are however, also many ‘post-farm gate’ activities that are critical to food security, including processing, packaging, distributing, retailing, cooking and...
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Stakeholders for transparency involve a diverse group, making it apparent that any transparency solution would need to build on a balanced consideration of different transparency interests.The consideration of stakeholders needs to take into account the stakeholders at the different stages of the food value chain. This encompasses a broad range of...
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In the identification of transparency challenges evolving from a discrepancy between needs, state-of-the-art, and experiences that will be discussed, the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) has utilized a broad range of approaches, including literature analysis, best practice analysis, chain analysis, work group discussions, expert discussions, surveys...
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It is well known that food has a considerable environmental impact. Less attention has been given to mapping and analysing the emergence of policy responses. This paper contributes to that process. It summarises emerging policy development on nutrition and sustainability, and explores difficulties in their integration. The paper describes some poli...
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The food commodity price rises from 2006 to 2008 engendered a period of political renewal and reform in the governance of global food security. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was designated as the main interna-tional forum dealing with food security and nutrition in 2009 as part of this re-form. Through the CFS reform process, civil soc...
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Traceability systems that track both physical entities and their less tangible attributes are increasingly widely used in contemporary food supply to meet a range of regulatory and commercial objectives, including a growing number of ethical concerns. Even with a traditional combinable and blended food crop such as wheat to bread there is clear evi...
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For over half a century, food policy has mapped a path for progress based upon a belief that the right mix of investment, scientific input, and human skills could unleash a surge in productive capacity which would resolve humanity's food-related health and welfare problems. It assumed that more food would yield greater health and happiness by drivi...
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The agri-food sector has undergone both rapid public regulation and private standards setting in the past two decades engendering new forms of governance of food supply chains. Food safety has been at the forefront of these reforms, but increasingly food standards reflect a range of ethical concerns about food production and supply. The communicati...
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This article reviews the food sustainability challenges facing the 27-nation member European Union (EU). It describes the evolution of sustainable development policy in Europe against the background of the EU's evolution and diverse membership, with particular reference to agriculture and food. It argues that while sustainability challenges in agri...
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This chapter presents the findings of an investigation into the role of ethical concerns in one of the UK’s most important food supply chains, covering the production of wheat and its transformation into flour and bread. Bread has long been a staple food in the UK. Today, the British consume the equivalent of around nine million large loaves a day,...
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In this chapter food governance is depicted as a dynamic process, both occurring across and involving actors from the public sector, the corporate sector and civil society. Governing has given way to governance in the sense that private governance forms are increasingly enrolled and recognized by the state. Indeed public governance can follow in th...
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The traceability of food and feed emerged as a focus for political attention and regulation at both national and international governmental levels at the turn of the millennium. The industrialization of food production and manufacture, and the complexities and anonymity of modern supply chains have been accompanied by a new wave of concerns around...
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In this chapter, we review the EU’s approaches to the regulation of food traceability, which embrace a range of priorities covering risk management, provenance of food by its place and nature of production, and the enabling of consumer choice. In particular, the focus is on the reforms to food safety regulation and food law since 1997, and the way...
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The common idea throughout all the studies presented in this book has been that traceability, as used to map the production history of food products, can also be used to map ethical issues in the food chain that relate to production practices.1 Equally important from the outset was the question of how ethical traceability could be used for enabling...
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Abbreviations List of tables and figures Contributors Editors' Preface Foreword Ethical Traceability and Informed Food Choice Introduction The Emergence of traceability in the food chain Traceability in contemporary food chains Ethics, traceability and food Consumers' ethical concerns Informed food choice The plan of the book References. PART I Reg...
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IntroductionOrganic farming,sustainable agriculture and the modern agro-food systemThe CAP,Agenda 2000 reform and organic farmingThe Agreement on Agriculture and related WTO agreements: trade liberalisation, decoupling and organic farmingConclusions
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The rapid advances in bio-technology that have been witnessed in recent years have been matched by an increase in concern associated with both the moral dimensions and the possible environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms. Recognising both the potential threats and benefits, the EC has responded through the adoption of two directives...
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Contemporary food supply chains are generating externalities with high economic and social costs, notably in public health terms through the rise in diet-related non-communicable disease. The UK State is developing policy strategies to tackle these public health problems alongside intergovernmental responses. However, the governance of food supply...
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International experience of Policy Councils on food and nutrition has developed over recent decades but they have not received the attention that is due to them. The 1992 International Conference on Nutrition recommended that governments create Food Policy Councils but few have been created. There has been more experience in local and sub-national...
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Food policy is high on the public policy agenda, but still suffers from a lack of overview and integration. The paper reviews examples of policy limitations where tighter and more explicit links could usefully be made between environmental, social and public health considerations. The paper proposes a new ecological health approach to public policy...
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The paper provides a summary of the report written for the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Programme, as a response to the Commission's 2000 Food Safety White Paper. The White Paper made a series of major proposals, including a plan to set up a new European Food Authority (EFA). This paper summarises the comme...
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The introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops for commercial planting approval and importation under the European Union's (EU's) regulatory process has led to an increasingly visible political debate over the potential impacts of these crops upon the European agri-environment. The potential impacts of GM crops upon biodiversity and farming in...
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The application of the modern biotechnology to food, notably through the use of GM, has raised concern amongst the European public. Values that underlie this public concern about food biotechnology, include perceptions of: trust, choice, need, and care for a sustainable society and natural balance. Recommendations are advocated for addressing these...
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The application of the modern biotechnology to food, notably through the use of GM, has raised concern amongst the European public. Values that underlie this public concern about food biotechnology, include perceptions of: trust, choice, need, and care for a sustainable society and natural balance. Recommendations are advocated for addressing these...
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In October 1995 the Council of Ministers of the European Community finally agreed a common position on a regulation on novel foods and food ingredients, introduced in 1992 largely in response to the imminent marketing of genetically modified (GM) foods. Environmental, organic agricultural and consumer and health concerns have been voiced over the p...
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In recent years the European Community (EC) has been engaged in legislating to take account of the application and products of genetic modification technology (GMT), seeking to fulfil the need to supervise and adequately regulate this technology, whilst promoting and enabling the growth of the industrial sectors using it. A range of environmental a...

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