Around the world, food has probably never been as safe as it is today. However, periodic crises have aroused consumer anxiety and contributed to a general lack of confidence in the agro-industrial system. The diverse nature of these crises increases governments’ and industry difficulties in predicting and tackling them. This book addresses the relations between risk and food theoretically and empirically through case studies from Japan and China.

Part I of the book examines the interaction between theoretical aspects and decision-making. The book theorizes the links between food and risk and analyses the decision-making process in light of risks and governance. The relationship between food risks, governance systems and economic decisions is assessed to explore ideas such as the "pact of nutrition" and the theory of weak signals. Part II examines case studies from China and Japan in the aftermaths of recent crises such as the milk powder scandal in China and food safety following the Fukushima nuclear accident and tsunami in Japan.

This book will be an important resource for scholars, academics and policy-makers in the fields of sociology, economics, food studies, Chinese studies and Japanese studies and theories of risks and safety.

chapter |16 pages


ByLouis Augustin-Jean, Jean-Pierre Poulain

part I|2 pages

Theoretical and regulatory framework

chapter 1|26 pages

Beyond weak signals listening theory

From risk analysis to the management of alimentary concerns
ByJean-Pierre Poulain

chapter 2|12 pages

Food safety and consumer rationality

Is a “food pact” possible?
ByFlorent Champy

chapter 3|16 pages

Contemporary food crises

When industrial failure meets state impotence
ByVincent Simoulin

part II|2 pages

Perspectives from Japan and China

chapter 4|26 pages

Revisiting Frank Knight

Risks and uncertainties in the context of food safety in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident
ByLouis Augustin-Jean

chapter 5|24 pages

Essential elements for interactive risk communication in food-related emergencies

A model and experiments on the health effects of radioactive substances
ByYoko Niiyama

chapter 8|28 pages

A study on peasant behaviour and peasant niche in contemporary China’s agri-food supply system

Evidence from Henan province
ByJinghan Ke, Shuji Hisano

chapter 9|17 pages

Food risks? What food risks?

Gaps between perception and practice in Chinese food consumption
ByDavid Kurt Herold

chapter |5 pages


ByJean-Pierre Poulain, Louis Augustin-Jean