This paper addresses ethical questions as they relate to the mandate of The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. First, the values central to food and agriculture are identified. Following this, the current situation is examined and specific issues are analyzed. It is then argued that the balancing of interests and the peaceful resolution of conflicts should be common global goals. The last section describes a vision for building an ethical, efficient and safe world food and agriculture framework that is equitable and solidary and that respects the diversity of value systems.