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04.13.organic+etc+intro.actual - E ATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS...

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EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY April 13, 2011 Paternalism Continued, Intro to Organics
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Plan for Today: Admin stuff Paternalism continued from last time Organic vs. conventional farming Organic labeling (and issues about labeling schemes)
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Admin Stuff: Reading for Friday: The Ethics of What We Eat , Chapters 10 and 11
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Major, not-fun-for- anybody announcement.
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Plagiarism We’ve identifed some plagiarism in recent assignments. This is very bad. It undermines your own education, it’s a violation oF our trust, it’s unFair to your Fellow students, and it’s a very serious violation oF university policy.
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Plagiarism RU’s code of conduct calls for penalties for plagiarism up to suspension for one or more semesters, or expulsion from the university (for repeat offenses).
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Plagiarism For anyone who comes forward within the next 48 hours (to either me or their TA), I’ll write a letter to the Academic Integrity Facilitator recommending a lenient penalty. For anyone who doesn’t come forward in the next 48 hours, I’ll write a letter recommending the most severe penalty compatible with university policy. (In the case of plagiarism on a paper draft, that’s suspension for one or more semesters, or expulsion if it’s a repeat offense.)
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Plagiarism If you are unsure whether what you did counts as plagiarism, please come forward and talk to me, and/or your TA, about it , in the next 48 hours. We understand that people aren’t born knowing the norms about citation practices, and that it’s possible to make innocent mistakes about this kind of thing.
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Back to Philosophy Switching gears.
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Micro-Quiz Free points! Just click in with any button.
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Freedom/autonomy vs. well-being/ welfare “Since people’s food choices often aren’t guided by their actual long- term best interests, or even by their own considered preferences, policy makers can make people better off by structuring the food environment in a way that encourages better choices.” Some moral concepts and frameworks relevant to food policy
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Freedom/autonomy vs. well- being/welfare “The New York City nanny state wants to restrict our consumer freedoms (e.g. to purchase soda) because it thinks it knows what’s good for us.” Some moral concepts and frameworks relevant to food policy
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Freedom/autonomy vs. well- being/welfare Trade-off between government allowing personal freedoms and government promoting public health. * Infectious disease & quarantine * Diet-related disease & consumer choice Some moral concepts and frameworks relevant to food policy
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We’re going to focus on. .. Paternalism: One person A treats another person B paternalistically when A interferes with B’s freedom for B’s own good—to protect or promote B’s health and safety, economic interests, or moral well- being. A may interfere with B’s freedom by disregarding either her judgment or her preferences.
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John Stuart Mill’s anti-paternalism The Harm Principle:
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