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Information and Resources on Food Ethics

Food ethics are constituted by issues in animal rights, personal health, and environmental ethics, among other thing.

The AgBioWorld Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Auburn, Alabama that aims to provide science-based information on agricultural biotechnology issues to various stakeholders across the world. AgBioWorld's free electronic newsletter, AgBioView provides news, research updates, and commentary for anyone interested in the latest on advances in plant science, agricultural research, and sustainable food production.

The Food Ethics Blog focuses on ethical issues that arise in growing, shipping, processing, selling, regulating, and eating food. It contains links to books articles and news about various aspects related to Food ethics.

Ethics in Food and Agriculture by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations  webpage provides various readings  and the  FAO Ethics Series, that provides information related to major issues on ethical questions of relevance to the work of the Organization.

Institutes on Food Ethics

Food Ethics Council is a  non-profit organization that  believes that we can have a better, fairer food system: where it is easy to eat well and global hunger is a distant memory; where farmers and food producers make a decent living, animals are treated humanely, and the environment is respected. The key focus areas of the institute are GM technology, overfishing, climate change, food security and water scarcity.

The Bowen H.  McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at the Stanford University  is committed to bring ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and engagement. Current projects relate to topics such as ethics of food and the environment, justice, and education.

The Philosophy of Food Project  at the University of North Texas  aims to disseminate information about the philosophical investigation of food; increase the visibility of food as a topic for philosophical research; serve as a resource for researchers, teachers, students, and the public; galvanize a community of philosophers working on food issues; and help raise the level of public discourse about food, agriculture, animals, and eating. The website contains articles, book reviews, and links to related resources.

EurSafe is an independent, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural organisation, which provides a focal point for those who have a professional interest in the ethical issues involved in agriculture and food supply.  EurSafe aims to encourage academic education and research, and international debate on the ethical issues involved in agriculture and food supply.

The Center for Food Safety and the True Food Network  aims to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. The True Food Network is a place where concerned citizens can voice their opinions about critical food safety issues, and advocate for a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system.

Journals on Food Ethics

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics presents articles on ethical issues confronting agriculture, food production, and environmental concerns. The goal the journal is to create a forum for discussion of moral issues arising from actual or projected social policies in regard to a wide range of questions. Among these are the ethical questions concerning the responsibilities of agricultural producers, assessment of technological changes affecting farm populations, utilization of farmland and other resources, deployment of intensive agriculture, modification of ecosystems, animal welfare, professional responsibilities of agrologists, veterinarians, or food scientists, use of biotechnology, safety, availability, and affordability of food.  The journal publishes scientific articles as well as philosophical papers, brief discussion pieces, and book reviews.

Agriculture and Human Values is the journal of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society. The Journal, like the Society, is dedicated to an open and free discussion of the values that shape and the structures that underlie current and alternative visions of food and agricultural systems. To this end the Journal publishes interdisciplinary research that critically examines the values, relationships, conflicts and contradictions within contemporary agricultural and food systems and that addresses the impact of agricultural and food related institutions, policies, and practices on human populations, environment, democratic governance, and social equity.

Books on Food Ethics

  • Food ethics- by T. B. Mepham (ISBN: 9780415124522)
  • Food Ethics- by  Paul Pojman and  Louis P. Pojman (ISBN: 9781111772307)
  • Food Ethics- by  Franz-Theo Gottwald,  Hans Werner Ingensiep,  and  Marc Meinhardt  (ISBN:9781441957641)
  • The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter – by Peter Singer and Jim Mason (ISBN:9781594866876)
  • Food Ethics Council book reviews
  • Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly- by James E. McWilliams (ISBN : 9780316033756)
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals- by Michael Pollan (ISBN:9780143038580)
  • Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective- by Paul B. Thompson (ISBN: 9781402057908)
  • Labeling Genetically Modified Food: The Philosophical and Legal Debate- by  Paul Weirich (ISBN:9780195326864)
  • Ethics and the Politics of Food- by Matthias Kaiser and Marianne Elisabeth Lien (ISBN:9789086865758)
  • Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking-  by Timothy Morton (ISBN:9780415148702)
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics- by P.B. Thompson, R.  Bawden, D.M.  Kaplan, and K. Millar (ISBN: 9789400718531)

Articles on Food Ethics

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