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Unformatted text preview: EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY March 30, 2011 Collective Responsibility, Policy and Public Health Plan for Today: • Stage setting for policy arguments • Causal impotence and collective responsibility • Public health and public policy: Nestle on food in schools Admin Stuff: • Syllabus adjustment on account of missing last week. • Posted to Sakai. (In Resources/Syllabus.) Admin Stuff: • Friday: Mary Rigdon, RU economics. Admin Stuff: Paper Drafts • First ones due today. • Due 4 weeks after your poster presentation - so one of: • today • Friday • next Wednesday 4/6 • next Friday 4/8 Admin Stuff: Short Assignment • New one going up today, due next Wed 4/6. • Responding to an objection Micro-Quiz You’re president, and your party has control of both houses of congress. What kind of policy response do you implement to address the increasing rates of obesity and diabetes in the US? A) None - it’s not the place of public policy to try to address this kind of problem. B) Ban the production and/or consumption of certain kinds of unhealthy products. C) Tax the production and/or consumption of certain kinds of unhealthy products. D) Subsidize the production and/or consumption of certain kinds of healthier foods.. E) Provide information - produce PSAs and government publications, introduce labeling schemes for healthier foods, etc. The story so far... So far, we ʼ ve been looking mostly at arguments about individual food choices - what should I buy, what should I eat? The story so far... Started with arguments about eating animal products, based on animal welfare & animal rights. The story so far... Singer for equal consideration of similar interests, Rachels and Norcross consequentialist arguments, Regan rights-based argument. The story so far... Question - how widely do these arguments apply? Just meat, or animal products more genrerally? And how strong are the conclusions they support? Support staying away from all meat, or all animal products, or just support avoiding the products of certain kinds of animal agriculture? The story so far... Regan a clear case of a no animal agriculture guy. The story so far... Pollan, Fearnley-Whittingstall, Scruton, Hare explicit advocates of consuming the products of some kinds of animal agriculture. The story so far... Looked at kinds of moral theories. The story so far... Consequentialist - in particular, utilitarianism. Moral status of an action is Fxed entirely by its consequences. The story so far... Non-consequentialist - includes constraints or options. The story so far... Consequentialist arguments about individual food choices - consuming these foods brings about these kinds of consequences, and so we should/shouldn ʼ t do it. (Supports terrible production practices, supports good production practices, supports a transition from worse to better production practices...) The story so far......
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