Revisiting the BSE experience: Hindsight and the politicization of food

Burgess, Adam (2008) Revisiting the BSE experience: Hindsight and the politicization of food. Health, Risk & Society, 10 (2). pp. 195-200. ISSN 1369-8575. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This review essay on risk, politics and food focuses particularly on an important new insider account of how the BSE crisis was managed by one of the main civil servants involved. The management of BSE remains a decisive experience in the modern politics of risk that cautions generally against ever downplaying possible risks, and more specifically doing anything 'unnatural' with food. It led to the contemporary politicization of food and with it the insistence on only the organic, local and sustainable. What emerges from this new account is how the interpretation of the BSE experience on which current assumptions rest is very selective and laden with hindsight bias. Through revisiting BSE and the real contexts in which decisions were made, this essay raises important questions both about the politics of risk in general and the new consumer lifestyle politics of 'only natural.'

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Review Article.
Uncontrolled keywords: BSE; risk; hindsight; food
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 17 May 2010 14:03
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 10:51
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