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The Human Food Chain.

The Human Food Chain. Edited by C R W Spedding. 330 pages with index.

This book is the Proceedings of a conference with the title The Food Chain: Forgin The Links, held at the University of Reading in March 1988.

We have got to the stage now where the food chain is very interdependent and runs form the inputs to the primary producer right through to purchase by the final consumer. Perhaps the most obvious one to study is the interface between agriculture and the food industry, and this applies equally to developing countries, although their storage and transport systems are often somewhat lacking, whereas the farmer in such a country often performs the tasks of both growing and processing or preparing the food. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the separation between these two is disadvantageous. Thus, research priorities in agriculture must consider the effect on or requirements of the food industry. This is a two-way affair, the food industry must say what it wants from the farming business and for that matter from food science and technology research.

This whole topic can be extrapolated to the consideration of who should run such businesses and what qualifications do they need. Add to that consumer preferences and the fact that we are all consumers and purchasers, and it becomes obvious that this is a very important subject. Whilst specialists will be needed to run the various separate sections of the food chain, it is equally important that a complete view should be taken. At the conference there were four themes; Public perception and understanding; Implications for education; Implications for technology - priorities for R and D; and Implications for policy.

These main topic areas are broken down into `chapters' in the text and they are headed: Education and training in agriculture; Educational transfer in food technology; The educational needs of the catering industry with special reference to social services catering; Education about infant feeding; Fruits and vegetables; Dairy products; Meat; Oils and fats; Cereals; International trade implications; Competition policy; Public and political implications; and Agricultural policy and its implications for food marketing.
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Date:Nov 1, 1989
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