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Grant To Study the Futures of Food Systems & Labeling

Scholars at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics will continue their innovative work on one of humanity’s oldest and most complex problems – how to ethically ensure enough nutritious food for the world’s population – with a grant of more than $3 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


With this funding for the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, a collaboration between the Berman Institute and the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University is uniquely situated to become the world’s leading research institution approaching food, nutrition and agricultural issues from a bioethics perspective.


As part of a growing portfolio of policy-oriented research, the program will pursue two of the crucial projects outlined in its groundbreaking 7 by 5 Agenda for Ethics and Global Food Security in 2015. One project, led by Berman Institute Hecht-Levi fellow Yashar Saghai, will work to introduce explicit and transparent discussion of ethical and political issues in studies that anticipate the futures of food systems, as well as in public policies and private sector investments that rely on these studies.


The other project, led by Alan Goldberg, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will develop methodology for ethical certification and labeling, with a mobile app to assist consumers in making informed decisions that reflect their values.


“Barriers to global food security are multifaceted and complex, but that is no excuse to ignore them,” says Jessica Fanzo, Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program.

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