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What is food integrity?

At the World Food Summit (WFS) in 1996 a target was set to eradicate hunger in all countries - we now strive towards food security.

At the World Food Summit (WFS) in 1996 a target was set to eradicate hunger in all countries, with an immediate view of reducing the number of undernourished people to half their present level no later than 2015. The international community accepted this overall target and strove to work towards Food Security.

Food Security exists when all people, at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life
Now, we are striving to achieve a global food system that is not only safe, accessible and nutritious, but also, that our food is authentic, sustainable and ethical. As a result, Chris Elliott has taken the 1996 UN definition of food security and adapted it to what he thinks we need to concentrate on going forward:
Food Integrity exists when all people, at all times, have access to food which is safe, authentic and nutritious. The systems used to produce the food are sustainable, ethical, respect the environment and protect the human rights of all workers.

The Seven Principles of Food Integrity

  1. The food we produce is safe
  2. The food we produce is authentic
  3. The food we produce is nutritious
  4. The systems used to produce food are sustainable
  5. Our food is produced to the highest ethical standards
  6. We respect the environment
  7. We respect those who work in the food industry

What we want you to do

  • Do you think these seven principles cover all elements of food integrity?
  • Do you think all seven principles are equally important? Why/why not?
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