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The Ethics of Food : A Reader for the Twenty-First Century - Gregory E. Pence

The Ethics of Food

A Reader for the Twenty-First Century

By: Gregory E. Pence (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th February 2002
ISBN: 9780742513341
Number Of Pages: 350

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Food makes philosophers of us all. Death does the same . . . but death comes only once . . . and choices about food come many times each day. In The Ethics of Food, Gregory E. Pence brings together a collection of voices who share the view that the ethics of genetically modified food is among the most pressing societal questions of our time. This comprehensive collection addresses a broad range of subjects, including the meaning of food, moral analyses of vegetarianism and starvation, the safety and environmental risks of genetically modified food, issues of global food politics and the food industry, and the relationships among food, evolution, and human history. Will genetically modified food feed the poor or destroy the environment? Is it a threat to our health? Is the assumed healthfulness of organic food a myth or a reality? The answers to these and other questions are engagingly pursued in this substantive collection, the first of its kind to address the broad range of philosophical, sociological, political, scientific, and technological issues surrounding the ethics of food.

An excellent introduction for undergraduates. A broad range of problems is treated in an engaging and lucid manner. Nice bibliographies.--Dr. S. N. Fratantaro, Providence College

Introduction: The Meaning and Ethics of Foodp. vii
The Meaning of Food
A Thing Sharedp. 1
How We Grow Food Reflects Our Virtues and Vicesp. 5
Eating Meat
Animal Liberation and Vegetarianismp. 26
Meat Is Good for Youp. 51
Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poorp. 54
Golden Rice Is Fool's Goldp. 71
Are We Going Mad?p. 74
Safety of Genetically Modified Foods
The Unholy Alliancep. 80
The FDA's Volte-Face on Food Biotechp. 96
Dr. Strangelunch: Why We Should Learn to Love Genetically Modified Foodp. 100
Benefits/Dangers of Organic Food
Organic or Genetically Modified Food: Which Is Better?p. 116
The Benefits of Organic Foodp. 123
Genetically Modified Food and Environmental Risks
Genetic Engineering and Food Securityp. 130
GM Food Is the Best Option We Havep. 148
Food Biotechnology and Nature
Biotechnology's Negative Impact on World Agriculturep. 156
The Population/Diversity Paradox: Agricultural Efficiency to Save Wildernessp. 168
Global Food Politics and Economics
A Removable Feastp. 180
From Global to Local: Sowing the Seeds of Communityp. 191
The Food Industry
The Hamburger Bacteriap. 215
The United States Food Safety Systemp. 267
Indexp. 281
About the Editorp. 287
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ISBN: 9780742513341
ISBN-10: 0742513343
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 28th February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.45