Biozoon and CENTIV, representing GRAIL, will attend the 12th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This conference will take place on May 28th -30th.
“Our world is facing challenges through climate change combined with population growth and unsustainable practices. Food is portrayed as particularly vulnerable and at the same time essential for human survival. Food raises ethical dilemmas, covering the entire process and related institutions, starting from primary producers to final consumer with innovation crucial for all aspects of the value chain.
Responsible researchers from many disciplines need to address a number of challenges, and this has to be done in an inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary manner. New platforms for dialogues among scholars with and for society are called for in the food sector. Knowledge of various kinds needs to be mobilized and produced in these interactions, realizing though the inherent uncertainties and values surrounding food. In an unsustainable world we need to strive for sustainable development, which will challenge aspects of our food cultures. Globalised food production creates dilemmas regarding the fair distributions of benefits and risks, which goes beyond the capacity of markets to regulate.
It is stated that we should know our food and we are what we eat, but do we really know what we are eating? This conference intends to highlight the prospects and limits of scientific knowledge and philosophical argument – and their mutual interaction – in the food area.
When consider food ethics, who is an expert in food ethics? In many ways we all have many capacities as consumers, scientific experts, reflective ethicists, and citizens. Society needs all actors to collaborate in this field.
In terms of innovation in food, should we be concerned or should we put our hopes in the innovation process in the food sector? At this conference, multiple ethical dimensions of innovation will be raised: from food technologies to production and management practices, to institutional framework and governance.
These are the main issues of the upcoming EurSafe conference, which invites contributions from many disciplines and countries, and encourages both young and established scholars to present their work and views. The conference is held in the city of Cluj-Napoca in the heart of Transylvania, a place of historic cultural confluences with visible influences on society and food culture.”