The politics of good food : why food engineers and citizen-consumers are talking at cross-purposes

Dirk Fons Haen

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Our confidence in technologically processed food is under increasing pressure and is no longer self-evident. Meaningful public discourse on the social impact of food technology is an important ingredient for restoring this confidence. This dissertation analyses the Dutch public debate on food technology, with a special emphasis on E numbers, and explains why technologists and consumers often engage in a dialogue of the deaf. Health risks are not the only reason behind our mistrust of E numbers; it also involves a food relationship that contributes to an indifferent, lazy and flat food culture. This dissertation offers several recommendations for improving this dialogue.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Swierstra, Tsjalling, Supervisor
  • Koenis, Jacques, Supervisor
Award date13 Mar 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • food
  • technology
  • E numbers

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