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  1. Lawrence Busch & Kyle Whyte (2012). On the Peculiarity of Standards: A Reply to Thompson. Philosophy and Technology 25 (2):243-248.
    Abstract As Paul B. Thompson suggests in his recent seminal paper, “‘There’s an App for That’: Technical Standards and Commodification by Technological Means,” technical standards restructure property (and other social) relations. He concludes with the claim that the development of technical standards of commodification can serve purposes with bad effects such as “the rise of the factory system and the deskilling of work” or progressive effects such as how “technical standards for animal welfare… discipline the unwanted consequences of market forces.” (...)
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  2. Lawrence Busch (2011). The Private Governance of Food: Equitable Exchange or Bizarre Bazaar? [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 28 (3):345-352.
    In recent years, we have witnessed three parallel and intertwined trends: First, food retail and processing firms have embraced private standards, usually with some form of third party certification employed to verify adherence to those standards. Second, firms have increasingly aligned themselves with, as opposed to fighting off, environmental, fair trade, and other NGOs. Third, firms have embraced supply chain management as a strategy for increasing profits and market share. Together, these trends are part and parcel of the neoliberal blurring (...)
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  3. Doris Fuchs, Agni Kalfagianni, Jennifer Clapp & Lawrence Busch (2011). Introduction to Symposium on Private Agrifood Governance: Values, Shortcomings and Strategies. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 28 (3):335-344.
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  4. Lawrence Busch (2009). What Kind of Agriculture? What Might Science Deliver? Natures Sciences Sociétés 17 (3):241-247.
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  5. Lawrence Busch (2008). Nanotechnologies, Food, and Agriculture: Next Big Thing or Flash in the Pan? [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 25 (2):215-218.
    The advent of the new nanotechnologies has been heralded by government, media, and many in the scientific community as the next big thing. Within the agricultural sector research is underway on a wide variety of products ranging from distributed intelligence in orchards, to radio frequency identification devices, to animal diagnostics, to nanofiltered food products. But the nano-revolution (if indeed there is a revolution at all) appears to be taking a turn quite different from the biotechnology revolution of two decades ago. (...)
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  6. Lawrence Busch & John R. Lloyd (2008). What Can Nanotechnology Learn From Biotechnology? In Kenneth H. David & Paul B. Thompson (eds.), What Can Nanotechnology Learn From Biotechnology?: Social and Ethical Lessons for Nanoscience From the Debate Over Agrifood Biotechnology and Gmos. Elsevier/Academic Press.
     
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  7. Lawrence Busch (2005). Commentary on “Ever Since Hightower: The Politics of Agricultural Research Activism in the Molecular Age”. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 22 (3):285-288.
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  8. Lawrence Busch (2003). Virgil, Vigilance, and Voice: Agrifood Ethics in an Age of Globalization. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 16 (5):459-477.
    Some 2000 years ago, Virgil wroteThe Georgics, a political tract on Romanagriculture in the form of a poem. Today, as aresult of rising global trade in food andagricultural products, growing economicconcentration, the merging of food andpharmacy, chronic obesity in the midst ofhunger, and new disease and pest vectors, weare in need of a new Georgics that addressesthe two key issues of our time: vigilance andvoice. On the one hand, vigilance must becentral to a new Georgics. Enforceablestandards for food safety, food (...)
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  9. Lawrence Busch (2002). The Homiletics of Risk. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 15 (1):17-29.
    Today there is considerable disagreement between the US and the EU with respect to food safety standards. Issues include GMOs, beef hormones, unpasteurized cheese, etc. In general, it is usually asserted that Europeans argue for the precautionary principle (with exceptions such as the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement where ``substantial equivalence,'' a form of familiarity, is used) while Americans defend risk analysis or what is sometimes described as the familiarityprinciple. This is not to suggest that EUmember countries agree on how the (...)
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  10. Gerad Middendorf & Lawrence Busch (1997). Inquiry for the Public Good: Democratic Participation in Agricultural Research. Agriculture and Human Values 14 (1):45-57.
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  11. Lawrence Busch (1989). Irony, Tragedy, and Temporality in Agricultural Systems, or, How Values and Systems Are Related. Agriculture and Human Values 6 (4):4-11.
    In the last decade the systems approach to agricultural research has begun to subsume the older reductionist approaches. However, proponents of the systems approach often accept without critical examination a number of features that were inherited from previously accepted approaches. In particular, supporters of the systems approach frequently ignore the ironies and tragedies that are a part of all human endeavors. They may also fail to consider that all actual systems are temporally and spatially bounded. By incorporating such features into (...)
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  12. William B. Lacy, Laura R. Lacy & Lawrence Busch (1988). Agricultural Biotechnology Research: Practices, Consequences, and Policy Recommendations. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 5 (3):3-14.
    This paper reviews current trends in the development of agricultural biotechnology, including (1) the recent and potential biotechnology products and processes in the plant, animal and food sciences, and (2) the enormous increase in Federal and State government and industrial investments in biotechnology research. Next we analyze the impacts and possible consequences of agricultural biotechnology for public and private agricultural research and for the structure and nature of the food system in this country and around the world. We conclude with (...)
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  13. Lawrence Busch & William B. Lacy (1984). Agriculture Policy: Issues for the '80s and Beyond. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 1 (1):5-9.
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