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1st Edition

Food System Transparency
Law, Science and Policy of Food and Agriculture

ISBN 9780367440367
Published June 10, 2021 by CRC Press
244 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings together an international group of agriculture and food lawyers and scientists to define the field of Food System Transparency in three parts: the big picture, food safety and health, and the global view. Each part adds to the whole but zooms in through a unique lens. Investigating social, economic, political, scientific and legal frameworks, this comprehensive volume addresses topics such as food authenticity, agroecological evaluations, and consumer protection. Interwoven themes of transparency contextualize concepts of food safety, information sharing and regulatory opportunities at a local and global scale. Editors’ notes provide blended legal and scientific commentary to facilitate further discussion and context within the classroom.

Advantages of this volume include:

  • Chapters written by foremost international experts in their fields
  • Editors’ notes written for classroom use and background information
  • Figures and tables providing illustrations of important concepts
  • Case studies delivering practicality and in-depth analysis to current events
  • A special chapter on COVID-19 and its implications for the food system

This book is important reading for graduate-level students, legal scholars, nonlegal academics, advocates for food system transparency and resilience, agroecology and environmental conservation, and practitioners in any cross-disciplinary areas relating to food policy. It will be of interest to all those who seek to deepen their understanding of the concepts and trends surrounding the information that centers around our food system, both domestically in the United States and the European Union, as well as in many major trading nations such as China.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The big picture

Chapter 1 Food fraud and food defense: Food adulteration law and the sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Darin Detwiler

Chapter 2 Codex Alimentarius and transparency of the global food safety system

Alexey Petrenko and Victor Tutelyan

Chapter 3 Agroecology in food system transparency: Labels and certifications

Jennifer Williams Zwagerman

Chapter 4 Agriculture, freedom of speech, and the birth of ag-gag

Autumn Johnson

Part II: Food safety and health

Chapter 5 Foodborne disease outbreak investigation: Surveillance and responses in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and globally

Justin Falardeau, Karen Fong, and Siyun Wang

Chapter 6 Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic on the United States food system

Adam Friedlander, Lily Yang, Nicole Arnold, and Stephanie Brown

Chapter 7 Fruits from agroforestry as sustainable meat and vegetable replacements: The case of the Artocarpus

Paul De Filippi

Part III: The global view

Chapter 8 Transparency in European Union food law

Sam Jennings

Chapter 9 Transparency from information-based regulation: The case of China and the Asian area

Juanjuan Sun

Chapter 10 Food labeling in Africa

Wele Elangwe, Rosemary Agbor, and Fabrice Mbala

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Gabriela Steier is a lawyer, educator, speaker, and scholar focusing on food law and regulation. Her areas of focus are food system regulation in the EU and US, environmental and climate change law. She is a Part-Time Lecturer at Northeastern University, where she teaches several courses on food regulation, food safety modernization, and international food trade. She also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Perugia, Italy. As Founder of, she manages a vast network, hosts lecture series, and promotes academic scholarship in her field.

Adam Friedlander is a food scientist focused on modernizing food safety approaches within industry, academic and consumer communities. He is a Manager, Food Safety and Technical Services at FMI – The Food Industry Association. As a dynamic member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Adam collaborates with food industry experts to help keep the global food supply safe. He serves as an Ambassador with the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) to equip consumers with foundational food safety knowledge that helps reduce foodborne illness risk.


If your summer reading list is light on one of the biggest issues surrounding the food industry, Gabriela Steier and Adam Friedlander have you covered with their book “Food System Transparency: Law, Science and Policy of Food and Agriculture.” The 224-page book takes a look at the transparency of the food system by bringing together a variety of voices in the food industry. Chapters written by the likes of Darin Detwiler, Paul De Filippi, Juanjuan Sun and more are broken into three sections that give readers a broad look at transparency, its impact on food safety and health and the global view.

-- Jason Brill, Quality Assurance Magazine, June 2021