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For whom? Questioning the food and farming research agenda

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For whom? Questioning the food and farming research agenda. A special edition magazine from the Food Ethics Council. January 2018.
Edited by: Liz Barling. Co-ordinated by: Dan Crossley, Anna Cura and Patrick Mulvany

How can food and farming research deliver for the long-term public good? And how can we build a high-quality research agenda which strengthens a food system that serves people, the planet and animals? ‘For whom? Questioning the food and farming research agenda' brings together the thoughts and opinions of 32 experts, in a special magazine.

This collection of articles addresses key questions about how the research agenda is set in food and farming, unmasks and challenges the dominant research paradigm, and highlights inclusive alternatives to deliver public good. In doing so, the Food Ethics Council seeks to challenge accepted opinion and spark fruitful debate about the future food and farming research agenda.



  • Editorial: Big questions and radical change 3
  • The big question: How can food and farming research deliver for the long-term public good? 5

Challenging the status quo

  • Managing conflicts in nutrition research: a historical perspective 9
  • Agroecological research in EC programmes 11
  • UK agricultural research: a different approach is urgently needed 13
  • Research strategy for food and farming 15
  • What good food research could do 16
  • How to unlock the contribution of agroecology in farming? 17
  • Agriculture research in India: what is and what should be 18

Inclusive alternatives

  • Democratising food and agricultural research 21
  • Learning from farmer-led research 24
  • Listen to farmers: an interview with Ibrahima Coulibaly, President of CNOP-Mali 26
  • Food and farming research for the public good 28
  • An interdisciplinary and participatory approach to setting research priorities in Brazil 30
  • Community led food and agricultural research: reflecting on experiences from Africa 32

Research for the public good

  • Industry-sponsored science is clouding the picture of how food systems impact health 36
  • Fairness and food safety: a research gap 38
  • Pathways for the amplification of agroecology: matching practice with discourse 39
  • Measuring farming outcomes for the public good 41

An ethical research agenda

  • Setting an ethical research agenda: the role of the public sector 43
  • Ethical priorities for future agrifood research 45

Final viewpoint

  • Calling for a paradigm shift 48
  • Further reading 51

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