EurSafe 2022: Transforming Food Systems

Wednesday 7th September 2022, 9:00am to Saturday 10th September 2022, 5:00pm

Edinburgh - virtual/in person to be confirmed

How shall we provide safe and nutritious food for all, in a future clouded by climate change, COVID-19, degraded environments and social inequities, and with increasing ethical expectations about our food and its production?



EurSafe 2022 graphic of field and partner logos for  transforming food

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 Security 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.

How can we address global scale problems by local scale action?

What should be the role of the industry, the farmer and the citizen?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Scotland
  • Professor Lotte Holm, Consumption, Bioethics and Governance, University of Copenhagen
  • Bruce Whitelaw, Interim Director Roslin Institute, Professor of Animal Biotechnology and member of Nuffield Council Working Group on Genome editing and farmed animals
  • Dr Simone van der Burg, Innovation and risk management and information governance, Wageningen University