From trust to trustworthiness: Why information is not enough in the food sector

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 19 (5):427-442 (2006)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The many well-publicized food scandals in recent years have resulted in a general state of vulnerable trust. As a result, building consumer trust has become an important goal in agri-food policy. In their efforts to protect trust in the agricultural and food sector, governments and industries have tended to consider the problem of trust as merely a matter of informing consumers on risks. In this article, we argue that the food sector better addresses the problem of trust from the perspective of the trustworthiness of the food sector itself. This broad idea for changing the focus of trust is the assumption that if you want to be trusted, you should be trustworthy. To provide a clear understanding of what being trustworthy means within the food sector, we elaborate on both the concept of trust and of responsibility. In this way we show that policy focused on enhancing transparency and providing information to consumers is crucial, but not sufficient for dealing with the problem of consumer trust in the current agri-food context.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,391

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

A role for business ethics in facilitating trustworthiness.N. F. Bews & G. J. Rossouw - 2002 - Journal of Business Ethics 39 (4):377 - 390.
Trust and Trustworthiness.Stephen Wright - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (3):615-627.
An ethical toolkit for food companies: Reflections on its use. [REVIEW]M. Deblonde, R. de Graaff & F. Brom - 2007 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20 (1):99-118.
Food, consumer concerns, and trust: Food ethics for a globalizing market. [REVIEW]Frans W. A. Brom - 2000 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 12 (2):127-139.
Creating Trust.Robert C. Solomon - 1998 - Business Ethics Quarterly 8 (2):205-232.
The Case of Online Trust.Matteo Turilli, Mariarosaria Taddeo & Antonino Vaccaro - 2010 - Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3-4):333-345.
Trust, food, and health. Questions of trust at the interface between food and health.Franck L. B. Meijboom - 2007 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20 (3):231-245.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
141 (#90,806)

6 months
2 (#300,121)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Tatjana Visak
Universität Mannheim

References found in this work

Trustworthiness.Russell Hardin - 1996 - Ethics 107 (1):26-42.
The street-level epistemology of trust.Russell Hardin - 1992 - Analyse & Kritik 14 (2):152-176.
On the emotional character of trust.Bernd Lahno - 2001 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4 (2):171-189.
Trust within Reason (SJ Brams).M. Hollis - 1999 - Philosophical Books 40 (2):129-130.
The Street-Level Epistemology of Trust.Russell Hardin - 1993 - Politics and Society 21 (4):505-529.

View all 7 references / Add more references