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Dr Elizabeth Dowler will speak on the ethics of food
Dr Elizabeth Dowler will speak on the ethics of food

Press Release - 17 February 2006

Free public lecture: The flaws in our food system

Local people will have the opportunity to consider the ethics of food at a free public lecture to be held at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 22 February.

In her lecture Food, faith and ethics, Dr Elizabeth Dowler, a Reader in food and social policy at the University of Warwick, will be looking at the value of food in the context of Christianity and the wider society, and will consider how to make the ‘food system’ – from production to retail - fairer, for people, animals and the environment

Dr Dowler said: “Food is clearly part of our individual and cultural identity, as well as contributing to health and wellbeing. But food is also part of our individual or household expenditure, and its production and trade is essential to that national economy. So it is important to ask what food is worth.”

There has been an increase in public concern over the current food system and its costs to society. These political, social and personal costs include fair trade and its impact on local communities, the domination of leading supermarkets, and health concerns, ranging from BSE to the obesity epidemic.

“It is becoming increasingly important to have a means of examining moral issues around food – who gains out of the current food system, who pays, how is power structured and how to value emerging trends,” said Dr Dowler.

Dr Dowler is a registered Public Health Nutritionist, and has worked in many parts of the world on food and inequality, local food initiatives and new developments in the food system. She is a member of the Food Ethics Council, and an Associate member of the Iona Community.

The lecture, given in association with Swindon Churches Together, will be held at 6.15pm Wednesday 22 February in the Main Hall on the Oakfield Campus, Marlowe Avenue. Free parking available in the West Car Park.

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