Our core belief is that any sustainable food system must have ethics at its heart.

Food ethics allows us to judge what should happen in the food system. Whenever we make a decision, we take the opportunity to create positive change. With this comes power and responsibility.

As INDIVIDUALS, we make food decisions that have ethical implications every day, from groceries shopping to how we eat together and how we vote.

Within BUSINESSES, people face ethical choices whenever they decide what to do, how to source products, how they run businesses.

Within GOVERNMENTS, decision-makers deal with concerns about human health, animal welfare, environmental protection or trade justice.

Food ethics is a form of enquiry or critical reflection on ethical questions applied to food. Food ethics allow us to define our values (what we think is good) and our principles (what we think is right), in order to redirect our thinking.

Taking food ethics seriously, then, requires that we don’t simply take a stand on one ethical position – such as veganism, or plastics, or fair trade. It requires that we take into account the different values involved in our decisions, consider the potential consequences, look at issues ‘in the round’ and decide what is right, all things considered.

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Council member Nigel Dower unpacks some of the thorny ethical issues brought to the fore by COVID-19

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