Global hunger is a scandal. Around 870 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat; the vast majority of them in developing countries.
This is a situation that urgently needs to be addressed, and the Food Ethics Council supports the Enough food for everyone IF Campaign’s demands that the G8 contribute to global efforts to tackle hunger.
We also endorse the campaign’s call for the G8 to work in partnership with others to increase investment and improve the transparency, accountability and governance of key aspects of the food system.
The age composition of the world’s population is changing, not least in the UK. In England alone the population of people over 65 is predicted to rise by 51% by 2030 compared to 2010. The number of people over the age of 85 will rise even more starkly – by 101%.
Are the government and the food industry ready for this profound change?
In the May 2013 meeting of the Business Forum we heard from experts in ageing, and discussed some of the many implications of an ageing population on the food system.
The March 2013 meeting of the Food Ethics Council’s Business Forum discussed different perspectives on food security. Over an early dinner participants discussed whether the way we frame approaches to food system challenges can make a difference to the outcomes we see.
We are very grateful to our guest speaker, Dr Tara Garnett from the Food & Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, who outlined three different ‘world views’ on the food sustainability challenge.