From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone

Paperback | May 12, 2015

byPaul B. Thompson

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After centuries of neglect, the ethics of food are back with a vengeance. Justice for food workers and small farmers has joined the rising tide of concern over the impact of industrial agriculture on food animals and the broader environment, all while a global epidemic of obesity-relateddiseases threatens to overwhelm modern health systems. An emerging worldwide social movement has turned to local and organic foods, and struggles to exploit widespread concern over the next wave of genetic engineering or nanotechnologies applied to food. Paul B. Thompson's book applies the rigor of philosophy to key topics in the first comprehensive study explore interconnections hidden deep within this welter of issues. Bringing to bear more than thirty years of experience working closely with farmers, agricultural researchers and food systemactivists, he explores the eclipse of food ethics during the rise of nutritional science, and examines the reasons for its sudden re-emergence in the era of diet-based disease. Thompson discusses social injustice in the food systems of developed economies and shows how we have missed the keyinsights for understanding food ethics in the developing world. His discussions of animal production and the environmental impact of agriculture break new ground where most philosophers would least expect it. By emphasizing the integration of these issues, Thompson not only brings a comprehensive philosophical approach to moral issues in the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food - he introduces a fresh way to think about practical ethics that will have implications in other areasof applied philosophy.

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After centuries of neglect, the ethics of food are back with a vengeance. Justice for food workers and small farmers has joined the rising tide of concern over the impact of industrial agriculture on food animals and the broader environment, all while a global epidemic of obesity-relateddiseases threatens to overwhelm modern health sys...

Paul B. Thompson has been a leading scholar in food ethics for over thirty years. He was present at the founding of three professional societies for food ethics and has served in an advisory capacity for the U.S. National Research Council, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Genome Canada, and Wageningen Univ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199391696

ISBN - 13:9780199391691

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Table of Contents

Introduction, with a Rough Guide to Ethics1. You Are NOT What You Eat2. Food Ethics and Social Injustice3. The Ethics of Diet and Obesity4. The Fundamental Problem of Food Ethics5. Livestock Welfare and the Ethics of Producing Meat6. The Allure of the Local: Food Systems and Environmental Impact7. Green Revolution Food Technology and Its Discontents8. Once More, This Time with Feeling: Ethics, Risk and the Future of FoodBibliography

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"Thompson is the outsider's insider. Having worked within and beside top programs in agricultural research throughout his career, he is also sympathetic toward the alternatives to current agricultural production and their advocates. From Field to Fork offers an even-handed ethical analysisthat emphasizes making better choices rather than deriving rigid rules based in ideology. This book should set the agenda for the emergent food ethic." --Bryan Norton, Profesor Emeritus, Georgia Instiute of Technology