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Food Ethics is an emerging course area in many academic departments for good reason. Students are interested in the issues and confront them to some degree several times a day. There is a growing realization that food ethics are at core of many other critical environmental issues, including climate change, population and migration, appropriate technology, development and capitalism, as well as pollution. This anthology includes twenty-one readings designed to provide a basic reader for a Food Ethics class or to act as an academic companion text along side one of the many mass market titles addressing these issues. The readings cover issues such as genetically modified foods, animal rights, population and consumption, pollution, centralized versus local production, vegetarianism and more. Introductions and study questions help students to prepare for reflection and discussion on these significant and noteworthy issues.
- The text begins with an introduction to the emerging discipline of food ethics, followed by twenty topical readings by diverse voices.
- Chapter introductions establish a framework for the readings and focus the students' engagements with them, while brief introductions to each reading provide background material on the social context of the readings and biographical information on the authors, as well as information on the key issues to consider within the reading.
- Study questions at the end of each reading help promote discussion and reflection, while suggestions for further reading encourage students to pursue additional enquiry on topics of interest.
David M. Kaplan: Food Ethics.
2. ANIMAL RIGHTS.
Immanuel Kant: Rational Beings Alone Have Moral Worth. Holly Wilson: Kant’s Treatment of Animals. Peter Singer: A Utilitarian Defense of Animal Liberation. Tom Regan: The Radical Egalitarian Case for Animal Rights. Mary Ann Warren: A Critique of Regan’s Rights Theory.
3. POPULATION AND CONSUMPTION.
Bill McKibben: A Special Moment in History: The Challenge of Overpopulation and Overconsumption. Garrett Hardin: The Tragedy of the Commons. Jacqueline Kasun: The Unjust War against Population. Garrett Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics. William Murdoch and Allan Oaten: Population and Food: A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics.
4. POLLUTION: SOIL, AIR, WATER.
Hilary French: You Are What You Breathe. George Bradford: We All Live in Bhopal. William F. Baxter: People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution. David Pimentel: Is Silent Spring Beyond Us?
5. FOOD ETHICS.
Mylan Engel, Jr: Hunger, Duty and Ecology: On What We Owe Starving Human Beings
Tristram Coffim, The World Food Supply: The Damage Done by Cattle-Raising Michael Fox, Vegetarianism and Planetary Health. Jonathan Rauch Can Frankenfood Save the Planet? Mae Ho, Unholy Alliance: Critiques of Genetically Modified Foods. The ETC Report, The Poor can Feed Themselves.