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The Food Ethics Council has launched a public debate on the fairness in the food sector

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5th August, 2009

Consumers encouraged to have their say on what is wrong with the current global food system

Obesity, hunger and worker exploitation - these are just some of the problems with our current food system.

In a bid to open up public debate on the issues, the Food Ethics Council has launched an inquiry into food and fairness.

The charity is running three public meetings on the issues at which key figures from across the food sector, including Fairtrade Foundation CEO Harriet Lamb, Andrew Opie from the British Retail Consortium and Paul Whitehouse, chair of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, will debate the problems.

Some of the key questions will include:


  • What the underlying reasons why some people eat healthily while others do not?


  • Do people working in food and farming get a fair deal?


  • Do we have enough say in what we can eat and what goes on the shelves?


The first public debate will take place on Wednesday 16th September. In the meantime, anyone wishing to give their views to the inquiry can visit the forum at:

Or email the Food Ethics Council direct at

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