Pulina, Pietro and Timpanaro, Giuseppe (2012) Ethics, sustainability and logistics in agricultural and agri-food economics research. Italian Journal of Agronomy, Vol. 7 (3), p. 237-246. eISSN 2039-6805. Article.
This study analyzes the changes osberved in the agri-food system with the advent of logistical management of the flow of goods and information along the food supply chain. Agri-food functions and responsibilities towards society are also analyzed. This field of research has been widely explored in recent years following the development of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) certification in agri-business. The analysis starts by examining the coherence of the ethical basis of human choices in a homo oeconomicus framework in which social relationships are merely exploitable activities. CSR development is then studied in the light of the new stakeholder theory for firms. The main fields of economic research into sustainable development and the most important goals achieved are examined and the methodological perspectives of agricultural economics research will also be discussed.
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