Author Archives: Chris MacDonald

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.

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Food Ethics vs The Food Movement

Paul Thompson is one of the real stars of the food ethics realm. He’s a smart philosopher and well informed about the relevant issues. In the blog entry linked below, he considers the difference between the “food movement” and what … Continue reading

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Does “Buy Local” Have a Neoliberal Slant?

Here’s an interesting-looking recent article appearing in the scholarly journal, Health. You can read the full document for free here: Public health promotion of “local food”: Constituting the self-governing citizen-consumer, by Colleen Derkatch and Philippa Spoel Abstract This article explores … Continue reading

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You Say You Want Ethical Food, But Really You Want Cheap Food

People today are increasingly demanding restaurant food that is ethical, interesting, and of high quality. Or at least, that’s what they say they want. True demand, in the economic sense (which is the sense that counts in the food industry) … Continue reading

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Guide to Food Labelling

Food labelling is a very. big. issue. Some labels matter a lot. Some matter less. Some labels are required by law. Some are not. Some labels have clear, precise, even regulated meanings. Others are purely a matter of convention, and … Continue reading

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The Moral Hierarchy of Food

This piece focuses on the way in which an obsession with food is in some sense replacing (or parodying?) religion, for some people. The new religion: How the emphasis on ‘clean eating’ has created a moral hierarchy for food Professor … Continue reading

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Testing GMO Foods

This piece is terrific. It’s about the testing that genetically modified foods go through in Canada, and the misconceptions people continue to have in that regard. It should be considered required reading. The Right Chemistry: Marketing genetically modified foods requires … Continue reading

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