The Project

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Traditional and non-traditional food system stakeholders

Public and political concerns over such issues as food price volatility, increased malnutrition and the effects of extreme weather shocks on food production have led to a growing body of academic work on ‘food security’ and ‘resilience’. Such work is vital insofar as it seeks to protect the fundamental human interest in adequate nutrition. However, it is a key premise of this research project that realising an effective system of global food production will require more than an examination of how global food output and global nutritional needs can be boosted. What is required is a socially and politically transformative approach grounded in basic concerns of justice. The need for this novel justice-based approach is based on three core assumptions: first, that there are several compelling ethical goods at stake in food production (nutritional health, animal welfare, livelihood of food producers and environmental sustainability); second, that current food production models are global and integrated; and finally, that global institutions have a key role in the realisation of a just global food system. Over the course of the coming months this blog seeks to explore and expand upon these themes. For a full project overview, see the Cross-Faculty Food Security research plan Sheffield.

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