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An Ethical Toolkit for Food Companies: Reflection on its Use
Deblonde, M.K. ; Graaff, R. ; Brom, F.W.A. - \ 2007
Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20 (2007)1. - ISSN 1187-7863 - p. 99 - 118.
consumer concerns
Nowadays many debates are going on that relate to the agricultural and food sector. It looks as if present technological and organizational developments within the agricultural and food sector are badly geared to societal needs and expectations. In this article we briefly present a toolkit for moral communication within the food chain. This toolkit is developed as part of a European research project. Next, we discuss what such a toolkit can bring about, given the characteristics of the present day agricultural and food sector and its wider context. We defend that the toolkit can be seen as one of the mechanisms that can help enterprises in the agricultural and food sector to be accountable. It should, however, be complemented with other mechanisms, first, to empower the wider public and, second, to stimulate a dialogue, on a more equal footing, between public authorities, citizens, and economic actors.
Ethical bio-technology assessment tools for agriculture and food production
Beekman, V. ; Bakker, H.C.M. de; Baranzke, H. ; Baune, O. ; Deblonde, M.K. ; Forsberg, E.M. ; Graaff, R.P.M. de; Ingensiep, H.W. ; Lassen, J. ; Mepham, B. ; Porsborg Nielsen, A. ; Tomkins, S. ; Thorstensen, E. ; Millar, K. ; Skorupinski, B. ; Brom, F.W.A. ; Kaiser, M. ; Sandoe, P. - \ 2006
Den Haag : LEI - 59
Corporate moral responsibility
Brom, F.W.A. ; Bakker, H.C.M. de; Deblonde, M.K. ; Graaff, R.P.M. de - \ 2006
Den Haag : LEI - 45
voedselketens - maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen - communicatie - communicatievaardigheden - dierenwelzijn - food chains - corporate social responsibility - communication - communication skills - animal welfare
In the last decennia economic enterprises in the food chain have increasingly been confronted with concerns of different stakeholders, such as consumers, governments, pressure groups and others, related to technological innovations and modern biotechnologies. As a consequence, a growing number of corporations became involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Our principal aim is to stimulate and facilitate food chain value communication within the broader context of CSR. For that purpose we have developed the Corporate Moral Responsibility-kit (CoMoRe-kit). This CoMoRe-kit is built on the idea that food chain value communication consists of three different dimensions that are usually intertwined with each other. For these 3 dimensions we developed 7 tools, which can be used in 5 different phases of the communication.
Food chain value communication
Brom, F.W.A. ; Bakker, H.C.M. de; Deblonde, M.K. ; Graaff, R.P.M. de - \ 2005
In: Development of Ethical Bio-Technology Assessment Tools for Agriculture and Food Production / Beekman, V., Den Haag : LEI - p. 62 - 86.
Economische wetenschap als politieke muze : filosofische reflecties op de relevantie van economische wetenschap voor ecologisch beleid
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 2001
University. Promotor(en): Michiel Korthals; Bart Gremmen; J. van der Straaten. - S.l. : S.n. - ISBN 9789048158881 - 291
ecologie - overheidsbeleid - economische theorie - economie - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - invloeden - ecology - sustainability - government policy - economic theory - economics - influences
<p>The first part of this book - consisting of chapters 2, 3 and 4 - is a philosophical exploration of the characteristics of an economics that intends to be relevant for the problem of sustainability. In chapter 2, 1 will analyse economic and political theories as conceptual constructs referring to the economic and political sphere respectively. I will argue that such conceptual constructs inevitably are value-laden and that, hence, different conceptual constructs of the same sphere can exist. I will argue, moreover, that and why it is important to distinguish between the economic and the political sphere. I will derive the latter arguments from a confrontation between Buchanan's and Arendt's political theory.</p><p>In chapter 3, 1 will discuss an economy as consisting of two dimensions, a symbolic or institutional one and an ecological one. Such interpretation will allow us to understand the ecological performance of an economy as the counterpart of its institutional organisation. I will further argue that, in order to get insights into the internal relationships between an economy and its ecological performance, we need insights into the institutional whole of an economy. And I will elaborate on what I mean by "an institutional whole". I will suggest that it is a matter of conceptually analysing different types of economic institutions and different hierarchies of institutions. Chapter 3 will thus offer us some <em>substantive</em> norms for an economics that aims at contributing successfully to the political objective of "sustainability".</p><p>In chapter 4, 1 will derive four norms for the <em>nature,</em> rather than the <em>content,</em> of a politically successful economics. I will suggest that a politically successful economics should, to start with, be objective in the sense that it should aim at intersubjective consensus among economists. Objectivity as intersubjective consensus does, however, not imply neutrality. I will suggest, further, that economics should provide economic policy with insights, rather than instruments. This means that economics should aim at (non-neutral) description and explanation, not at (non-neutral) prescription and prediction. I will assert, finally, that economics should be rather impartial than partial. It should explain economic sources of political inequality and contribute to political freedom. Both Arendt's interpretation of politics as a deliberative democracy and Weber's and Neurath's philosophical reflections on the nature of the social sciences will function as the breeding ground for these norms.</p><p>In the second part of this book, i.e., chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8, 1 will confront the norms developed concerning both the content and the nature of an ecologically successful economics with the writings of David Pearce and Daniel Bromley. Chapters 5 and 7 are a substantive reconstruction of Pearce's and Bromley's theoretical work respectively, Chapters 6 and 8 are an analysis of the nature of their economics. Chapters 5 and 7 will make clear to what extent their writings comply with the substantive norm 1 propose in chapter 3. Chapters 6 and 8 will illuminate to what extent their writings meet the four norms suggested , in chapter 4, for the nature of an ecologically successful economics.</p><p>Part 1 and 11 will be closed by chapter 9, in which 1 will give an overview of the main conclusions of this research project.</p>
Responses of early and late cultivars to moderate drought conditions: agronomic parameters and carbon isotope discrimination
Deblonde, P.M.K. ; Haverkort, A.J. ; Ledent, J.F. - \ 1999
European Journal of Agronomy 11 (1999)2. - ISSN 1161-0301 - p. 91 - 105.
Our main objective was to test under moderate drought conditions the hypothesis that early cultivars behave better than late cultivars under conditions of drought occurring late in the season whereas late cultivars would be less susceptible to a drought occurring early in the season. Agronomic parameters [tuber dry weight, harvest index, dry matter content, tolerance to a decrease in water supply (TDWS) and carbon isotope discrimination (Δ)] were measured in six potato genotypes (Solanum tuberosum L.) subjected in two field trials ([995 and 1996) to three levels of water supply (treatments: 1, rainfall + irrigation; 2, rainfall only; 3, rainfall reduced to stemflow during early growth). In both years, treatment 3 (lower water supply) reduced significantly tuber dry yield and harvest index in comparison with treatment 1 (higher water supply). Tuber dry matter content was increased significantly only by treatment 3 in 1996. For these parameters cultivars did not differ in their response to the lower water regimes except in the case of tuber dry matter content during one year (1996). TDWS defined as tuber dry weight of treated plots relative to the tuber dry weight of treatment I allowed more discrimination among the behaviour of cultivars in case of moderate drought than yield and Δ. Our TDWS results confirm partly the hypothesis tested: in 1996, TDWS values of mid-late cultivars were higher than those of early cultivars in the case of early drought (treatment 3), indicating that later cultivars support better a drought stress in the early part of the season. Differences among cultivars in the responses of Δ to the different water regimes could not be shown, and there was no difference between the values of Δ observed for early and late-cultivars. In our moderate drought conditions an escape mechanism of earlier cultivars could not be confirmed through the consideration of the Δ values observed. The linear regression of Δ on TDWS gave a positive slope significantly different from-zero (n =24) but the R2 values were low (R2=0.41).
Duurzame ontwikkeling: oud, arrogant en onaantrekkelijk.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1998
Oikos 8 (1998). - ISSN 0030-1299 - p. 51 - 54.
Over de politieke betekenis van milieu-economie.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1998
Oikos 8 (1998). - ISSN 0030-1299 - p. 19 - 31.
Kosten-batenanalyse gesitueerd.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1998
Oikos 6 (1998). - ISSN 0030-1299 - p. 49 - 51.
Carbon isotope fractionation and drought tolerance in early and late potato cultivars
Deblonde, P.M.K. ; Haverkort, A.J. ; Ledent, J.F. - \ 1997
In: Proceedings 4th triennial conference APA. Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Van symptoombestrijding tot haalbare utopieën.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1997
Oikos (1997). - ISSN 0030-1299 - p. 107 - 109.
Visies op een ecopolis.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1997
In: In de hoogste versnelling / Van Arkel, J., Utrecht : Jan van Arkel - p. 91 - 107.
What do environmental economists do when they give natural resources 'objective' prices?
Deblonde, M.K. ; Straaten, J. van der - \ 1996
In: Abstract 4th Biennial Meeting Int. Soc. Ecological Economics: Designing sustainability. Building partnerships among society, business, and the environment, Boston University - p. 117 - 118.
Een radicaal dwaalspoor? De kritiek van Martin Lewis gewikt en gewogen.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1996
In: Voeten in de aarde. Radicale groene denkers / Janssens, F., Melle, U., - p. 227 - 239.
Het milieu-debat in Nederland.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1996
Oikos 1 (1996). - ISSN 0030-1299 - p. 81 - 84.
Environmental economic scientists and politics.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1996
Innovation 9 (1996). - ISSN 1431-8040 - p. 449 - 457.
Wetenschap en techniek in wisselende historische contexten.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1995
In: Het oog van de wetenschapsfilosoof / Luyten, J., Hoefnagel, B., Amsterdam/Meppel : Boom - p. 15 - 25.
Green market economy versus ecosocialist economy: important differences.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1995
In: Abstracts Int. Congr. on Agrarian Questions: the politics of farming anno 1995. Wageningen - p. 1 - 2.
Environmental economic scientists and politics.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1995
In: Abstracts IRNES 4th annual Conf., Keele University, UK - p. 55 - 59.
Possibilities and impossibilities of different environmental/ecological economic approaches.
Deblonde, M.K. - \ 1995
In: Abstracts 2nd Eur. Conf. on European societies: fusion or fission. Budapest - p. 27 - 27.
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