Food system transparency

This project is being carried out as part of the Oxford Food Governance Group’s project on consumer engagements with food governance. Funded by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, this multi-tiered, multi-sited project aims to elucidate the emerging forms, roles, and uses of food-related information and communication technologies (ICT) at the consumer level, and how they might shape the EU food governance landscape in years to come.

Towards food system transparency: an interdisciplinary workshop

Thursday 16 May 2013, 1:00 – 5:00pm
St Cross College, University of Oxford

Bringing together scholars, advocates, and policy-makers, this afternoon seminar examined emerging efforts to enhance food system transparency in the EU. The seminar presentations explored food system transparency from the perspectives of policy, society, the environment, non-governmental organizations, and consumer advocacy, addressing the main concerns and methods of action for each. By facilitating discussion across these perspectives, the aim of the seminar was to identify areas of convergence, and highlight potential for future collaborative work among stakeholders.


convenorsProfessor Stanley Ulijaszek, Dr Karen Eli (Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford), Dr Javier Lezaun, Dr Tanja Schneider (Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, University of Oxford), Dr Catherine Dolan (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

A complete programme and abstract book for the event can be downloaded here. Recordings will be available online soon.


Charles Godfray
(Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford)
Welcome and overview
Future of Food website

Christel Schaldemose
(Member of the European Parliament)
Food system transparency: a policy perspective

David Barling
(Centre for Food Policy, City University London)
Food system transparency: a society-focused perspective

Tara Garnett
(Director, Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford) Food system transparency: an environment-focused perspective

Daniel Michels
WikiProducts: a participatory approach to food transparency
Paper / slides
WikiProducts (German)
WikiProducts (English)

Erinch Sahan
(Private Sector Policy Advisor, Oxfam)
Transparency by global food brands: what they disclose about how they source from the global south
Beyond Horsegate (blog)

food system transparency catherine dolan introduces daniel michels







Catherine Dolan introduces Daniel Michels


food system transparency david barling and erinch sahan





David Barling and Erinch Sahan



food system transparency david barling and charles godfray




David Barling and Charles Godfray

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