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Cost of Food

In the 21st century, the concept of ‘food’ is loaded with many different connotations. Food as a means of physical survival, food as an indulgence, food as a source of income, food as a cultural and social symbol – the list goes on.

But how often do we stop to think about the true costs of modern food production and consumption? These sometimes hidden costs include agriculture-driven deforestation, the perpetuation of gender inequalities in traditional farming systems and the negative health impacts of cheap but poor quality food.

Often such ‘costs’ are not fully (if at all) reflected in food-related decision making on both the production and consumption sides, contributing to the unsustainable global food system we face today.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the economic, social, and environmental costs of food so that we can trigger a shift towards a more just, efficient and environmentally friendly status quo.

Through this website and other initiatives, we, MSc Environmental Governance students at the University of Freiburg, are on a mission to be the change we want to see.

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  1. Cost of Food Teaser

    Ekaterine Mikadze

    Students from the international Master Programme in Environmental Governance announce their Project: "Cost of Food"
    From July 2013 to March 2014, Students from the University of Freiburg engaged in a project to uncover the "hidden costs of food". They reveal problems in our food system, and try to show possible solutions. on February the 22nd, their project will be finished with a panel discussion in the Paulussaal in Freiburg (Dreisamstraße 3).


  2. Peter Volz talking about the hidden cost of food

    János Jákli

    Hear Peter Volz from the Agronauten talk about the future of our food system. What challenges do we face in the near future, and how can we tackle them


  3. Vandana Shiva talking about the hidden cost of food

    Isabelle Schummers

    Vandana Shiva was awarded the alternative nobel prize. With her NGO "Navdanya", she focuses on working with indian farmers to fight the commercialization of family farming and the spread of GMO seeds. In this video she talks about the future of our food system.


  4. Jean Pierre de Leener talking about the hidden cost of food

    Ekaterine Mikadze

    Hear Jean Pierre de Leener, an organic farmer from Belgium talk about the future of our food system. What challenges do we face in the near future, and how can we tackle them?


  5. Michael Jones talking about the hidden cost of food

    Ekaterine Mikadze

    Michael Jones is working for the United Nations Environment Programme. In his work he focuses on the Rotterdam, Stockholm and Basel Conventions. Hear him talk about the future of our food system: "What challenges do we face in the near future, and how can we tackle them?


  6. Carlos Roxo talking about the hidden cost of food

    Ekaterine Mikadze

    Carlos Roxo is the sustainability director of Fibria Pulp and Paper is working for the United Nations Environment Programme. In his work he focuses on the Rotterdam, Stockholm and Basel Conventions. Hear him talk about the future of our food system: "What challenges do we face in the near future, and how can we tackle them?

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