Transforming Food Systems: Ethics, Innovation and Responsibility
September 7 – 10 2022

Transforming food systems is the theme of the 2022 conference of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EURSAFE), organised jointly by the School of Social and Political Science and the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems of the University of Edinburgh, and the independent ethical consultancy Edinethics Ltd. 

Feeding the world’s growing population in ways that are effective, ethical and socially just, and protect the natural systems on which all life depends, is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The vulnerability of our interlinked human systems to external impacts has been brought home by the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change poses deeper longer term threats. Despite advances in technology, communications and much else, over a third of the global population remains affected by malnutrition.

Reconfiguring the world’s economies for a net zero carbon future presents many challenges to agriculture, not least to reduce methane emissions from food animal production. Demands on natural systems and resources are at an all-time high, and call for greater efficiency of production. But at the same time, many are calling for a different ethical model of agriculture that reflects values of ecology, locality, biodiversity and human community.

We have an excellent programme of keynote speakers and over 90 presentations in parallel sessions which engage with the many facets of transforming our food systems effectively, justly, ethically and sustainably to meet the multiple challenges of the future.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh. The conference will be fully face-to-face (please note therefore that we are not able to offer hybrid or online attendance).

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We are grateful for generous sponsorship from Aviagen plc, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRIED)

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