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BSE: risk, science and governance$
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Patrick van Zwanenberg and Erik Millstone

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525813.001.0001

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The evolution of the UK's agriculture and food policy regimes

The evolution of the UK's agriculture and food policy regimes

(p.39) Chapter 3 The evolution of the UK's agriculture and food policy regimes
BSE: risk, science and governance

Patrick van Zwanenberg

Erik Millstone

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the historical evolution of UK food and agricultural policy-making institutions in the UK from the mid-19th century until the start of the BSE saga in the mid-1980s. One focus is on the importance of the role of stabilizing what would otherwise have been highly volatile markets, and another is on the ways in which the crises created by both World Wars influenced the evolution of those policy regimes. The creation of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in the aftermath of the Second World War is emphasized, along with the tensions inherent its mandate between protecting the interests of producers and those of consumers. Food safety disputes in the 1980s, prior to the emergence of BSE, are also outlined.

Keywords:   evolution of policy-making institutions, agriculture, food safety, MAFF

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