Special Issue "Beyond Technical Aspects: Food Safety/Security from Multidisciplinary Perspectives"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fu-Sheng Tsai
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan
Interests: creativity; innovation; entrepreneurship; strategic knowledge and networks; value co-creation; sustainability
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Prof. Michael A. Gunderson
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Center for Food and Agricultural Business, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 403 W. State Street, 754J Krannert, West Lafayette, Indiana 47905, USA
Dr. Shalini Srivastava
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Guest Editor
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food safety/security is becoming a fundamental theme centered in societal development. In this context, food safety demands multidisciplinary attention and efforts for advancing research and practices. Many of the critical issues in this phenomenological area are cross-disciplinary in nature but have been discussed and examined without going beyond technical issues, or a sole technical viewpoint. Hence, this Special Issue calls for papers that conceptually and/or empirically go beyond technical issues to examine important food safety issues through the lens of Environmental Science, Public Health, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, and/or even political perspectives. Diverse forms of articles (conceptual, empirical, critical commentary, etc.) and methodologies are welcome. Overall, we would love to see papers working on food safety imperatives revisited in a new context, or food safety imperatives revisited from new disciplinary perspective(s). With such a premise, recommended topics may include but are not limited to the following:

- Food supply chain logistics and management;

- Food safety policy and governance;

- New technology applications (e.g., big data, artificial intelligence, internet-of-things) in food safety;

- interdisciplinary theoretical integration for food safety issues;

- Case studies on food safety practices;

- Safety and quality issues in related products such as medicine;

- Knowledge management and educations for food safety;

- Decision-making and risk management for food safety;

- Food safety and marketing;

- New food safety governance theories and practices.

Important Dates Full paper submission deadline: 2020/12/1 Inquiry can be made to Prof. Fu-Sheng Tsai via email ([email protected] / [email protected] (please send to both email addresses)).

Dr. Fu-Sheng Tsai
Prof. Michael A. Gunderson
Dr. Shalini Srivastava
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • food safety/security
  • environmental science
  • public health
  • psychology
  • economics
  • sociology
  • politics

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Do Consumer’s Green Preference and the Reference Price Effect Improve Green Innovation? A Theoretical Model Using the Food Supply Chain as a Case
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 5007; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245007 - 09 Dec 2019
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Today, complex consumer purchase decisions affect company revolution, especially that dealing with environmental (green) innovation. Consumer preferences and pricing could interact in influencing green innovation. This situation is especially vital in industries that are characterized with many safety concerns that urge collaborative development [...] Read more.
Today, complex consumer purchase decisions affect company revolution, especially that dealing with environmental (green) innovation. Consumer preferences and pricing could interact in influencing green innovation. This situation is especially vital in industries that are characterized with many safety concerns that urge collaborative development between consumers and companies, such as the food industry. The aim of this paper is to explore the influence of the change in consumer preference characteristics on the green innovation efforts of the food supply chain, introducing the green preference of consumers and the reference price effect. A differential game model of green innovation in the food supply chain is constructed in this paper and solved. It was found that the change in consumer preference characteristics is an important factor to motivate supply chain members to make green innovation efforts. With the enhancement of consumer preference characteristics, the Pareto improvement effect of cost-sharing contracts on the profits of supply chain enterprises is clearer. Further, manufacturers can stimulate suppliers' green innovation efforts through cost-sharing contracts. When the marginal profit ratio of food supply chain members reaches a certain threshold, the incentive effect of this cost-sharing contract is more significant, and it is more likely to realize the optimal profit of the food supply chain. Full article
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GMO/GMF on Social Media in China: Jagged Landscape of Information Seeking and Sharing Behavior through a Valence View
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4838; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234838 - 02 Dec 2019
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The study examines the critical factors affecting Chinese social media (SM) users’ intentions and behavior to seek and share information on genetically modified organisms/ genetically modified food (GMO/GMF). The proposed framework was conceptualized through benefit-risk analysis and subsequently mapped SM users’ perceived benefits [...] Read more.
The study examines the critical factors affecting Chinese social media (SM) users’ intentions and behavior to seek and share information on genetically modified organisms/ genetically modified food (GMO/GMF). The proposed framework was conceptualized through benefit-risk analysis and subsequently mapped SM users’ perceived benefits and risks to seeks and share information using Kurt Lewin’s valence view. Quantitative data was collected using survey questionnaires administered from 583 SM users. The results of the path analysis demonstrated two key findings related to SM users’ perceived benefits and risks to seek and share information on GMO/GMF. Among risks, the psychological risk is the strongest predictor of perceived risk to use SM for GMO/GMF, which consequently determines the intentions and behaviors to share information about GMO/GMF on SM in People’s Republic of China. Among benefits, the results showed that perceived usefulness, creditability of GMO/GMF information, and information support are positively related to perceived benefits to use SM for GMO/GMF, which subsequently, predicts the intentions and behaviors to seek information about GMO/GMF on SM. This study suggests scholars and practitioners explore and utilize the efficient communication strategy to fulfill the potential of the SM to increase GMO/GMF acceptance in Chinese society. Full article
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