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Geoff Tansey
The Food Ethics Council

Geoff Tansey helped found and edit the journal Food Policy in the mid-1970s and has been a consultant to international agencies, governments and non-government organizations. He studied soil science at the University of Aberdeen (BSc) and history and social studies of science and technology at Sussex University, UK, (MSc) and Case Western Reserve Universities, Ohio, USA (Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship). He has worked on agricultural development projects e.g. in Turkey, Albania and Mongolia. Formerly honorary visiting professor of food policy at Leeds Metropolitan University, he is now an honorary research fellow in the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University and honorary visiting fellow at the Centre for Rural Economy at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. As a writer, he has contributed to many specialist magazines and newspapers and his books include The Food System: a guide (with Tony Worsley) and co-editorship of The future control of food - A guide to international negotiations and rules on intellectual property, biodiversity and food security, The Meat Business: Devouring a Hungry Planet and Negotiating Health – Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines (all published by Earthscan, London). He was senior consultant for the intellectual property and development programmes of the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva and Quaker International Affairs Programme (QIAP), Ottawa from 1999-2007 and a consultant for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the first phase of the UNCTAD-ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property Rights and Sustainable Development, 2001-2003. In June 2005, he received one of six Joseph Rowntree ‘Visionaries for a Just and Peaceful World’ Awards. He is also a member and a director (trustee) of The Food Ethics Council. In November 2008, he won the Derek Cooper Award for best food campaigner/educator, at the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards