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.
The UK’s ‘age of austerity’ has put the affordability of food firmly on the political agenda. Over four million people in the UK are currently experiencing food poverty, and many more cash-strapped householders are juggling tight budgets.
A new report published today (4 February) by WWF-UK and the Food Ethics Council  examines whether reducing meat consumption, and instead placing greater value on the meat we consume, could potentially be beneficial for people’s health, the environment, and for producers and consumers.
High meat consumption is associated with a number of factors related to important challenges facing the global food system, including climate change, obesity, water scarcity, land use change, global poverty and inequality.