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Agriculture and Food in the 21 st Century

Economic, Environmental and Social Challenges- Festschrift on the Occasion of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael Schmitz 65 th Birthday

Monika Hartmann and Joachim Hesse

This Festschrift in honour of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael Schmitz covers theoretical as well as empirical works on challenges prevailing in the food and agricultural sector. Discussions of conflicts between social and ecological requests of citizens and market outcomes are provided. The contributors discuss options of policy interventions as well as their limitations. Empirical facts that can contribute to a more evidence based policy formation are also presented. The book itself consists of two parts: «agri-food markets and policies» and «agriculture, trade and development». Topics covered are moral, markets and policies, farm animal welfare, fat taxes, agricultural derivatives markets, future food value chains, free trade agreements, food security, food waste and climate change.
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Preface of the Editors


It is a great honour and pleasure for us to present this Festschrift at the occasion of Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael SCHMITZ’s 65th birthday. This book is meant as a mark of gratitude for and recognition of his productive work over the last 40 years. With their articles his doctoral supervisor, academic students and their students as well as colleagues thank P. Michael SCHMITZ, who has been an inspiring research-partner, scientific advisor, and friend to them.

P. Michael SCHMITZ’s professional career started 1975 when he concluded his diploma degree in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) at the University of Göttingen and began the work on his doctoral degree which he earned at the same university in 1979 under the supervision of Ulrich KOESTER. In 1984 he was awarded his Habilitation at the University of Kiel. Professorships at the Institute of Agriculture Policy and Market Research, University Giessen and at the Institute of Agriculture Economics, University Frankfurt/Main followed as well as extended visits as guest researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria and at the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota (USA).

His research interest in the development of countries in transition motivated him to become the coordinator of the university partnerships Giessen with Kazan (Russia) and with Bila Tserkva (Ukraine). It has been P. Michael SCHMITZ’s particular belief in the benefits of integrating business, research and education that has motivated him to found in 1995...

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