What is food ethics?

What is food ethics? A short explainer…

This short animation by the Food Ethics Council explores four everyday issues that highlight how food ethics is relevant to us all.

We all make regular ethical decisions about our food but what does the term ‘food ethics’ mean? Many people take ‘ethical’ to mean ‘the right kind of food’ but food ethics is broader, it’s about the principles that dictate what counts as acceptable treatment of others in relation to food – from humane treatment of farm animals to looking after the environment, from human health to fair treatment of people working in the food system.

The Food Ethics Council is a charity that has been providing independent advice on the ethics of food and farming since 1998. Our aim is to create a food system that is fair and healthy for people, animals and the environment.