The Ethics of Food: A Reader for the Twenty-first Century

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Gregory E. Pence
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Philosophy - 287 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

A Thing Shared
1
How We Grow Food Reflects Our Virtues and Vices
5
Animal Liberation and Vegetarianism
26
Meat Is Good for You
51
Lifeboat Ethics The Case against Helping the Poor
54
Go1den Rice Is Fools Go1d
71
Are We Going Mad?
74
The Unholy Alliance
80
Genetic Engineering and Food Security
130
GM Food Is the Best Option We Have
148
Biotechnologys Negative Impact on World Agriculture
156
The PopulationDiversity Paradox Agricultural Efficiency to Save Wilderness
168
A Removable Feast
180
From G1obal to Local Sowing the Seeds of Community
191
The Hamburger Bacteria
215
The United States Food Safety System
267

The FDAs VolteFace on Food Biotech
96
Dr Strangelunch Why We Should Learn to Love Genetically Modified Food
100
Organic or Genetically Modified Food Which Is Better?
116
The Benefits of Organic Food
123
Index
281
About the Editor
287
Copyright

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Gregory E. Pence is a medical ethicist with twenty years of experience reviewing significant cases in bioethics, and is professor in the School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alabama. Pence has contributed to theNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is the author of Classical Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of the Cases that Shaped Medical Ethics, 3rd edition (2000) and Who's Afraid of Human Cloning? (1998).

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