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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

PHIL 9.04 The Ethics of Food Choice and Food Policy

In this course, we will consider ethical questions for food production, food consumption and food policy. How do ethical values interact with our food choices? Should we support the production of local and organic food? If so, why? If not, why not? Are there compelling moral reasons to adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet? Is it possible to be an ethical omnivore? Do current production practices or food policies have a disproportionately negative impact on some populations? How, if at all, should practices or conditions in the food industry influence our behavior as consumers? In the course of our discussions, we will consider the ethics of harm, distributive justice, complicity, death and obligations to future generations.

Distributive and/or World Culture


The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.