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A Handbook of Food CrimeImmoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do About Them$
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Allison Gray and Ronald Hinch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336013

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.001.0001

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Food crime without criminals: Agri-food safety governance as a protection racket for dominant political and economic interest

Food crime without criminals: Agri-food safety governance as a protection racket for dominant political and economic interest

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(p.27) 2 Food crime without criminals: Agri-food safety governance as a protection racket for dominant political and economic interest
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A Handbook of Food Crime
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Martha McMahon

Kora Liegh Glatt

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.003.0003

This chapter argues that the slow violence experienced by those in more traditional and alternative ways of food provisioning, which developed within public and private agri-food-safety governance, functions as a kind of protection racket that enables the dominance of particular epistemic, political and economic interests. While the institutional enactments of slow violence are typically not against the law they can be labelled criminal within a colloquial use of the term, not least because they are complicit with social injustice, exclusions and the rendering of many vulnerable to food insecurity and climate change. New feminist epistemologies, ontologies, and feminist ethics support a concern for care and justice while keeping people safe, as well as offer resources for better kinds of governance and would be more responsive to the contemporary opportunities from agro-ecology and food sovereignty.

Keywords:   agri-food-safety governance, food sovereignty, feminism, food-safety, slow violence

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