Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Biosecurity and Food Systems

  • Adam Henschke
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_211-1



Securing food systems against deliberate attack from malevolent actors is perhaps an overlooked issue in discussions of ethics of food and agriculture. This entry raises biosecurity of food systems as an issue of ethical importance, with the aim of showing how biosecurity, understood in a national security context, is relevant to discussions of food ethics and philosophy. A basic point of this entry is that deliberate attacks on food systems have the potential to cause widespread harm to people and severe economic damage to food systems. Biosecurity is understood in this entry as having a focus on deliberate acts of harm. Understanding biosecurity of food systems in this manner does not garner typical discussion in food and agriculture studies. A partial explanation for this is multiple contrasting meanings of similar terms like food security, food safety, food biosecurity, biosecurity,...


Supply Chain Food Security Botulinum Toxin Food Safety Food System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public EthicsCharles Sturt UniversityCanberraAustralia