Food Ethics Council Magazine. Summer 2008. The food crisis – scarcity or injustice?

The Summer 2008 edition of Food Ethics sounds the alarm on false solutions including a free trade free-for-all; a ‘green revolution’ for Africa; policies to boost productivity; and lowering standards.

Priorities to improve food security and tackle hunger include improving social welfare through well-targeted social protection programmes, focusing agricultural development efforts on marginal producers and rebuilding public stocks.

As higher prices put governments under pressure to lower standards, they also need to ensure that their policies are strong enough to prevent the harmful exploitation of workers, farm animals and the environment.