This seminar will focus on the features and structure of the EU’s food chain, food industry developments, introduction of new technologies, institutional transformation, food and trade policies (in particular food safety policies, labeling rules, GM rules, etc.), communication in the food chain, nutrition diet, risk management, competition issues and economic issues related to food law.
The food chain is an important part of the European industry, economy and society, geographically connected to agricultural production and Europe’s high quality consumer market.
European agriculture cannot exist without a well connected chain, that translates the demands from wealthy and health-oriented consumers to agriculture. This connection has in the past, strengthened and modernized the farm sector, the food industry, and the retailer. However, the question raised today is “will this resilient food chain overcome the new challenges and new threats, which have recently developed in the world?”. Challenges such as globalization, trade liberalization, and EU expansion have been faced over the last few years. The retail industry has gained in importance and increasingly drives the system. For the years to come, the food chain must remain vibrant and continue to serve the EU consumer and maintain the competitiveness of EU agriculture. A successful strategy relies upon several well collaborating and performing actors: input suppliers, farmers, traders, food processors, retailers, businessmen, policy makers, financial analysts, and administrative institutions. However it is not so clear what this strategy is and how new it can be implemented.
The seminar will attempt to address the maintenance of the dynamic features of the EU food chain and its capacity to confront the new challenge and to adjust adequately for the benefit of Europe’s agriculture, society and economy.
Although the seminar does not center on certain methodologies, scientific domains like marketing, management science, micro economics, economics of contracts and chain modelling are some of the key methods to study the issues mentioned. Methodological contributions in these areas are especially welcome.
The seminar will bring together economists, modelers, agricultural economists and policy analysts in order to discuss and assess new developments in the food sector at different levels.