Initiative calls for ethics and food security

Resource / Initiative calls for ethics and food security

By Michael Zahn / 20 Aug 2015



The John Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies have introduced the Global Food Ethics Initiative to tackle issues of global food security. The project seeks to explore diverging views on how to feed the world in an ethical manner. The main output of the initial phase is the 7 by 5 Agenda for Ethics and Global Food Security, a report which presents seven projects to achieve progress on ethics and global food security within five years:


  1. Ethical Challenges in Projections of Global Food Demand, Supply, and Prices
  2. The Food Sovereignty Movement and the Exceptionality of Food and Agriculture
  3. The Case for the Professionalization of Farming
  4. Global Agricultural Research and Development: Ethics, Priorities, and Funders
  5. Climate-Smart and Climate-Just Agriculture
  6. Ethics of Meat Consumption in High-Income and Middle-Income Countries
  7. Consumers, Certifications, and Labels: Ethically Benchmarking Food Systems


At present, two billion people are afflicted with obesity or overweight and another, while another 795 million suffer from malnutrition. According to forecasts the global population will exceed 9.5 billion by 2050. This poses major difficulties for the accessibility of sufficient nutritious and safe food sources.

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