Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Informed Food Choice

  • Christian CoffEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_246


An informed food choice is an informed choice made about food consumption. It is a choice that is not made blindly. It is an enlightened choice made by the individual based on information, which has been obtained by the consumer.

When consumers make choices about buying something or not, or choose between different foodstuffs, information is believed to give clarity to the options. The aim of disclosing information is to increase the transparency of the food market, which is believed to enable consumers to judge, compare, and choose foodstuffs according to the values and preferences they find relevant.

Informed food choice is an ethical concept based mainly on two ethical principles: autonomy and integrity. The idea of autonomy emphasizes the consumers’ rights to noninterference and self-governance. Informed food choice is a concept that relates to and to some extent is based on the ideas of informed consent and voluntary consent to be found within medical ethics. Common...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Ethics and LawCopenhagenDenmark