Attitude of a group of Belgian stakeholders towards proposed agricultural countermeasures after a radioactive contamination: Synthesis of the discussions within the Belgian EC-FARMING group

C. M. Vandecasteele, F. Hardeman, O. Pauwels, M. Bernaerts, B. Carlé, L. Sombré

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    In the case of radioactive contamination of the environment with an impact on the food chain, the remediation strategy will not only be based on scientific knowledge and technical experience, but will also be dictated by peculiarities of the country. These characteristics include the agro-industrial structure, the local and international economical contexts and the political configuration including the distribution of responsibilities and competencies. This paper identifies and illustrates the most relevant characteristics of the Belgian agricultural system and political environment; it also describes the past experience with food chain contamination, which is expected to influence the attitude of Belgian stakeholders, who would be involved in the setting up of countermeasure strategies for maintaining agricultural production and food safety. The picture drawn explains why several countermeasures aiming to reduce the contamination in food products, although scientifically sound and technically feasible, are hardly acceptable or even not acceptable at all, to the stakeholders.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)319-332
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of environmental radioactivity
    Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
    StatePublished - 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Waste Management and Disposal
    • Pollution
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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