chapter  4
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Regulating Food in the Global Network Society

Food’s expanding international trade is profoundly transforming its regulation. In the past, regulating food was essentially based on national governments deciding to secure their economy and to feed their population with sufficient and safe food. But nowadays, these authorities are faced with highly increased volumes of imported food, while the actors and institutions involved in its production, processing, trade and consumption are integrated in changing transnational networks. Thus a key question is: how is food regulation organized – and how should it be organized – in the current context of global modernity?