Foot-and-mouth disease – who's panicking now?

Ed Randall

in Food, Risk and Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780719072307
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702918 | DOI:
Foot-and-mouth disease – who's panicking now?

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This chapter notes that the grounds for seriously questioning the capacity of European governments to learn lessons from individual food crises have been strengthened rather than weakened by the British government's handling of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak of 2001. Of all the European Union member states with reason to interrogate and overhaul procedures for dealing with agricultural and food-related crises, the British government might reasonably have been expected to be best equipped and best motivated to take the lead. Almost all of the evidence presented by Abigail Woods, in her A Manufactured Plague (2004a), suggests that the public authorities often display a deep reluctance to engage in root and branch reform of established practices.

Keywords: European governments; food crisis; foot-and-mouth disease; EU member states; agriculture; British government; Abigail Woods

Chapter.  9316 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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