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Unformatted text preview: EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY January 19, 2010 Introduction & Overview EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY January 19, 2010 Introduction & Overview Lots of issues illustrated here, questions suggested. What’s the social and cultural importance of food? How important is that, and why? Where does its importance come from? How does this manifest itself cross-culturally? EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY January 19, 2010 Introduction & Overview What’s the moral status of that turkey? Okay to eat it? What would we want to know about the turkey in order to answer that question? What’s the moral status of those vegetables? What would we want to know about them in order to answer? Matter if they’re organic? Local? Seasonal? EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY January 19, 2010 Introduction & Overview Thanksgiving’s an occasion on which lots of us eat way too much - anyway, way more than it’d be good to eat on a regular basis. Points to a big public health, policy issue: what, if anything, ought public institutions to do about the fact that lots of us eat too much, of the wrong kinds of things? And what, if anything, ought we as individual citizens to do in order to inFuence the behavior of our public institutions? EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY January 19, 2010 Introduction & Overview Abundance of the stereotypical TG dinner contrasts sharply with lack of reliable access to enough food in much of the world, and for many people in this country. What sorts of obligations, if any, do we have toward people who don’t have reliable access to food? Obligations of public inst? Our obligations to change behavior of public institutions? Plan for Today: • What this course is about, how it’s put together, and why it’s put together that way. • Admin stuff and syllabus walkthrough. Preview - We’ll look at questions about: Meat & animal products: treatment of animals while they’re alive Meat & animal products: conditions under which animals raised for meat are killed Meat & animal products: Sustainability, environmental impacts, public health, treatment of workers Other foods: Sustainability, safety, environmental impacts treatment of workers. Public health Public health A warmup question: Start with a particular question, to illustrate the kind of thing we’ll be doing this term and the way we’ll be doing it. A warmup question: Should I drink fair-trade coffee?...
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 252 taught by Professor Egan during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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