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Have you ever heard the term ‘ethical eating’ and thought, what’s that all about? Or maybe you’ve never heard the term at all and wanted to know more.

Well, if you’ve never heard of the term and would like to know what it all means, you’re in the right place. Let me explain what it’s all about by breaking it all down.

What is Ethical Eating?

Basically, ethical eating refers to basing your food choices around ethical values. To elaborate further on ethical values in this context, values could include concerns to environmental impact, healthy eating, exploitative labour practices, food shortages for others, inhumane treatment of animal meat and the the unintended effects of food policy.

What is Ethical Eating all about?

To try an give you a better understanding of the term ethical eating, let’s break this down even further. Let’s take choices made with concerns to environmental impact.

Environmental Impact

Food that is grown organically, without GMO or pesticides and grown in a sustainable manner would be example of food choices with respect to environmental impact.

We could also extend the environmental impact of meat consumption or more so animal agriculture can be argued as having a major impact on the environment, we’ll leave that argument for another post. In case, we’ll keep it to ethical eating.

Healthy Eating

Now healthy eating is a huge topic and can be disputed so many ways as there’s so many different studies, diets and and doctors with different views. But healthy eating most commonly includes food that is natural, free of pesticides and unprocessed food.

Nowadays, healthy eating has become so convoluted and it’s hard to work out what healthy eating is anymore. We’re not nutritionists or experts so we would always recommend to always seek specialist advice but also make the time to do your own due diligence.

Exploitative Labour Practices

Food choices made based on how the food was sourced and whether labour was exploited in the food chain prior to it ending upon your plate. This includes working and pay conditions and an example would be, underpaid farm workers.

Food Shortages and Food Waste

Now this doesn’t just mean food shortages to third world countries, this also refer to choices available  due to affordability which can lead to food shortages. An issue so many people tend to miss is food hunger. So many families and people go hunger due to food shortages and affordability.  For more information on food hunger, check out our post Let’s Fight Food Hunger Together.

On the other hand, food waste happens all over the world in 1st world countries due to an excess food or over consumption. So without effective systems to tackle food waste, it will continue to be a major issue.

Inhumane Treatment of Animals

This is one of main reason someone will choose to go vegan. All over the world, animal cruelty and the inhumane treatment of livestock is forcing people to reflect on their food choices and question their values around ethical eating.

Food Policy

Food Policy plays a major role in ethical eating being that the unintended effects of food policy can have a negative impact on our food choices.

For example, food policies and the policies around food waste is an issue that needs to be address so we can effectively help people facing food hunger, like the poor and homeless.

In conclusion, ethical eating means a combination of things that relate to food choices made based on ethical reasons. Most of the reason mentioned above are the most common reasons.

What are your thoughts on ethical eating?

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