Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Ethical Activism with Consideration of the Routine of Food Culture

  • Kwon Jong YooEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_232-5


Introduction: Ethical Problems in the Present Food System

According to the 2009 World Hunger Map by the World Food Programme, present world food system has very serious problems as follows. More people die of hunger every year than from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, and almost one billion people regularly suffer from hunger (www.wfp.org). Malnutrition prevents children from reaching their full developmental and cognitive potential, and one child dies every six seconds from hunger-related causes. On the contrary, according to the World Map of BMI (body mass index) 2011, the overweight (BMI more than 25 %) area covers most countries of the world except Asia and Africa, and especially Kuwait and Egypt are classified as obese countries, their citizens with a mean BMI of 30 %. These numerical values show that the imbalances of food supply due to access and...


Food System Implicit Knowledge Ethical Activism Human Affair Food Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyChung-Ang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea