1.5 What about the relationship between food, culture, ethics and social norms?

Food system interactions with culture, ethics and social norms

Source: FCRN. See side panel for references.

Different groups within societies have different beliefs about food, shaped by their ideas about tradition, identity, social norms, and  justice.  One example of where religion and beliefs strongly influence diets is India. Vegetarianism is an integral part of most schools of Hinduism and most Hindus restrain from eating beef. Importantly, different stakeholders and groups may also have interests and influences that clash with one another, and this is the source of a great deal of disagreement as to how food system problems should be addressed. See Chapter 8 for more on this.