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    Sustainability and certification in the biofuels sector: some critical observations
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2010
    biobased economy - biobrandstoffen - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - duurzaamheidscriteria - certificering - overheidsbeleid - biobased economy - biofuels - sustainability - sustainability criteria - certification - government policy
    The society at large demand sustainable production of products often defined in terms of the planet, profit and people categories. Many industrial sectors started to internalize sustainability in their company processes. Public policies underscored these initiatives by giving incentives to raise awareness, support initiatives and disseminate the value of sustainability. In the last decade initiatives came to life to connect confidence, trust and sustainability in the agri- fuel- and food industry. One of the more interesting attempts are Round Tables for sustainable production of palm oil, forest exploitation, biofuels, sugar or soybean. However, are the results positive. Some of these initiatives seem more successful than others. The question is why? How can one interpret these initiatives in terms of performance, structure and governance mechanisms? Based on a comparison of several of these initiatives, conclusions are drawn and hypotheses defined. More in particular, the observations focus on network development, weaknesses in the governance structures, ambivalence in the public domain and the resulting societal confusion.
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2009
    In: La Nueva economia y negocios agroalimentarios / Ordonez, H.A., Buenos Aires : Universidad de Buenos Aires - ISBN 9789502911427 - p. XXVII - XXVII.
    Innovation trends in the European agribusiness: some experiences in the European livestock industry
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2009
    In: Proceedings of Zootec 2009, the XIX Congreso Brasileiro de Zootecnia, São Paulo, Brazil, Mai 18-22, 2009. - - p. 190 - 195.
    A Non-naive Explanation of Trust
    Zylbersztajn, D. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2009
    In: Advances in supply chain analysis in agri-food systems / Zylbersztajn, D., Omta, S.W.F, Sao Paulo : Editora Singular - ISBN 9788586626524 - p. 17 - 30.
    The road to institutional scientific collaboration in chains and networks
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2009
    In: Advances in supply chain analysis in agri-food systems / Zylbersztajn, D., Omta, S.W.F., Sao Paulo : Editora Singular - ISBN 9788586626524 - p. 89 - 102.
    Introduction to sugarcane ethanol contributions to climate change migration and the environment
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Vooren, J.G. van de - \ 2008
    In: Sugarcane Ethanol - Contributions to climate change migration and the environment / Zuurbier, Peter, van de Vooren, Jos, Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086860906 - p. 19 - 27.
    Sugarcane ethanol: contributions to climate change mitigation and the environment
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Vooren, J.G. van de - \ 2008
    Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086860906 - 255
    milieubeleid - klimaatverandering - suiker - suikerriet - milieu - ethanol - landgebruik - landbouwproductie - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - transport - economische impact - milieueconomie - bioethanol - biobased economy - biobrandstoffen - environmental policy - climatic change - sugar - sugarcane - environment - ethanol - land use - agricultural production - sustainability - transport - economic impact - environmental economics - bioethanol - biobased economy - biofuels
    Climate change is a challenge facing human life. It will change mobility and asks for new energy solutions. Bioenergy has gained increased attention as an alternative to fossil fuels. Energy based on renewable sources may offer part of the solution. Bio ethanol based on sugar cane offers advantages to people, the environment and the economy. Not surprisingly, governments currently enact powerful incentives for the development and exploitation of bio ethanol. However, every inch we come closer to this achievement, evokes more skepticism. Many questions are raised relating to whether sugar cane is really a sustainable solution. Still much is unknown about the net release of carbon dioxide and what the impacts of sugar cane expansion are on green house gas emissions. This book looks at the scientific base of the debate on sugar cane bioethanol. Authors from Europe, Brazil and the USA capture many aspects of what is known and address assumptions while not denying that still much is unknown. It covers impacts on climate change, land use, sustainability and market demands. This publication discusses public policy impacts, technology developments, the fuel-food dilemma and the millennium development goals.
    Viable value chains and pro-poor development
    Vellema, S. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Joosten, F.J. - \ 2008
    Quality and safety standards in the food industry, developments and challenges
    Trienekens, J.H. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2008
    International Journal of Production Economics 113 (2008)1. - ISSN 0925-5273 - p. 107 - 122.
    developing-countries - assurance - exports
    Consumer concerns related to food safety scandals and globalization of food production have resulted in a global and interconnected system for the production and distribution of food. In the last decade many public and private standards on food safety and quality have been developed as a result of these developments. Currently, there is proliferation of standards worldwide. One effect is that, in particular, companies from developing countries and emerging economies have problems to comply with these standards. Another important effect is increasing marginal costs of certification and accreditation, which also puts pressure on company profits in industrialized countries. The combined impacts of these effects ask for strategies to revalue the cost/effectiveness of the certification and accreditation system.
    Sustainability of feedstock for bio-diesel
    Bindraban, P.S. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2007
    Food chains and networks for development: lessons and outlook
    Slingerland, M.A. ; Ruben, R. ; Nijhoff, G.H. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2006
    In: Agro-Food Chains and Networks for Development / Ruven, R., Slingerland, M., Nijhof, H., Dordrecht : Springer (Wageningen UR Frontis series 14) - ISBN 9781402045929 - p. 219 - 232.
    Do food quality assurance systems demand complex governance structures?
    Ordonez, H.A. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Senesi, S.I. ; Palau, H. - \ 2006
    - 13 p.
    In recent years, several agrifood crises broke out in various countries of Europe, in the US, Japan, Canada and also in Argentina. Consumers are consequently much more concerned now about what they eat. In view of such events, consumers in wealthy industrialized countries began to demand food origin and quality assurance. In order to respond to the new situation, companies have designed certifications to assure food quality and safety. As quality certifications are incorporated to foods, the specificity of the assets rises, and market is not the best option to govern the transactions. Based on this theory, it is possible to ask, ¿Do food quality assurance systems demand complex governance structures?¿ This paper describes three certifications ¿Organics, GAP and Hereford Beef¿ in Argentina, identifying institutional, organizational, technological and market aspects and the main governance structures in these systems. The conclusion is that, although the theory indicates that more complex governance structures ¿such as hybrid forms¿ are required, of the three certifications studied, only Hereford Beef develops contracts or netchains with producers and stakeholders, while the others do not generate these complex and formal forms of governance structures
    Global supply change and the role of smallholders
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2005
    - 4 p.
    Overheidsimpuls voor biobrandstof
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Broens, D.F. - \ 2005
    Het Financieele Dagblad (2005).
    Agricultural production as a dynamic, manageable and integrated chain element
    Elings, A. ; Booij, R. ; Trienekens, J.H. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2000
    In: Chain management in agribusiness and the food industry. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference Wageningen, 25-26 May 2000. 2000, 575-579; Wageningen Pers; Wageningen; Netherlands 90-74134-82-3
    Chain management in agribusiness and the food industry
    Trienekens, J.H. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2000
    Wageningen : Wageningen Pers - ISBN 9789074134828 - 666
    landbouwindustrie - voedselindustrie - voedselketens - bedrijfsvoering - onderzoek - innovaties - ketenmanagement - logistiek - bedrijfseconomie - productieprocessen - agribusiness - food industry - food chains - management - research - innovations - supply chain management - logistics - business management - production processes
    A non-naive explanation of trust
    Zylberstajn, D. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2000
    In: Proceedings of the IAMA conference May 1999, Florence, Italy. - [S.l.] : [s.n.], 2000 - p. 50 - 60.
    Cooperative restructuring in a global environment
    Bremmers, H.J. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. - \ 2000
    In: Proceedings of the IAMA conference May 1999, Florence,Italy
    On designing governance structures for supply chains
    Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Hagelaar, J.L.F. - \ 2000
    In: Chain management of agribusiness and the food industry : Chain management of the agribsiness and the food industry, Wageningen, 25-26 May 2000 / Trienekens, J.H., P.J.P. Zuurbier. - Wageningen : Wageningen pers, 2000. - ISBN 90 74134 82 3 - p. 455 - 465.
    A model for the distribution channels planning process
    Neves, M.F. ; Zuurbier, P.J.P. ; Camomar, M.C. - \ 2000
    In: Chain management in the agribusiness and the food industry : Cain management in the agribusiness and the food industry, Wageningen, 25-26 May 2000 / Trienekens, J.H., P.J.P. Zuurbier. - Wageningen : Wageningen pers, 2000. - ISBN 9090 74134 82 3 - p. 245 - 257.
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