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Food: All things considered

In Food: All things considered, the Food Ethics Council assesses the transformational changes needed to build global food systems that are fair and healthy.

Food: All things considered


The report was launched at our 50th Business Forum, where senior business executives heard insights from Justin King, former CEO of Sainsbury’s about the changing face of food retail.

Around the world the increasing pressures on our food systems are becoming ever more visible. Droughts, flooding, competition for land and soil erosion are all taking their toll.

Food: All things considered analyses these trends and tensions, all of which have been discussed in our first 50 Business Forum meetings, and draws out the key levers that will drive transformational change.

A radical shake up of how the market operates

Moving away from a global economy predicated on the growth model towards an economic model of ‘enough’, and embracing transformative policy options including changing consumption patterns and paying the true price for food. 

Adoption of completely new business models

Some business leaders are already transitioning to sustainable business models. We looked at what forms sustainable business models might take, and the support businesses need to transition to them.

Strengthening of government commitment to long term food policy

Government support and encouragement will enable changes in the way the market operates and the adoption of new business models. But how to encourage politicians to move away from short term thinking?

Food: All things considered sets out the case for transformative changes in food and farming systems, led by national, regional and international governments.

They must be fully supported by the food and drink sector, and held to account by citizens at the ballot box, in restaurants, and in the supermarket aisles. The solutions must give greater weight to the voiceless, the powerless and the vulnerable.

Transformational change requires transformational thinking. The Food Ethics Council supports business leaders who are squaring up to the inequalities in our food system. It is no easy task, but nothing less will be enough.

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