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Global food security: ethical and legal challenges
Food security will exist when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life (Rome Declaration, 1996). Given the dimension of the current global food crisis, food security means adopting effective and specific actions at the individual, household, national, regional and global levels.

Food security invites us to reflect upon ethical principles like human equity, justice between current and future generations, respect for human dignity and sustainable food production. While we strive to maintain our basic ethical convictions and engage in societal debates about other important values, we may have to change our ways of life and learn new priorities in the face of global responsibility. Science and technology are key tools to reach the Millenium Goals, providing both society and decision makers alike with relevant information and new options within an ethical framework.

The contributions found in this volume bring together presentations given by a diverse group of authors from academics, public sector professionals, and representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs). They were all presented at the 9th EurSafe Conference (University of the Basque Country-University of Deusto, Spain; 2010). Previous EurSafe conferences were held in Nottingham (2009), Vienna (2007), Oslo (2006), Leuven (2004), Toulouse (2003), Florence (2001), Copenhagen (2000) and Wageningen (1999).

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