Is food ethics about hunger, or something else?

Paul B. Thompson on Food Ethics:

I argue that food ethics enters into development ethics through the door marked “agriculture”, rather than the door marked “hunger.” Many of that third [of the world's population] in extreme poverty are poor because they work in agriculture. Doing things that help hungry people in cities (like giving away food surpluses) actually hurts those poor farmers, who would otherwise get a more reasonable return for their crop. This is a problem I have once before described as “the fundamental tension” in agricultural ethics. It is a problem that is not going away any time soon.

If it were as simple as just feeding the hungry, Thompson seems to suggest, you wouldn’t need food ethics ….

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