Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Sustainable Food Procurement

  • Mark Stein
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_626-1

Introduction

This entry endeavors to give an overview of ethical issues relating to public procurement of food for the public sector – principally schools and hospitals, as well as care homes, prisons, and office canteens.

Public procurement has multiple objectives. Procurers must seek to buy food at an affordable price and delivered in adequate quantities and at the required time. Food must meet government nutritional and food safety standards.

Ethical issues are also often discussed under the concept of sustainable procurement, with reference being made to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

The most important environmental considerations include protecting biodiversity, especially by introducing organic food, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by reducing food miles or perhaps by reducing meat consumption.

The most important economic and social considerations include:
  • Promoting animal welfare

  • Supporting local food producers

  • Promoting better employment conditions...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Stein
    • 1
  1. 1.Salford University Business SchoolManchesterUK