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.

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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Culinary Modernism: A Defence of Processed Foods

This excellent article by Rachel Laudan is an argument in favour of culinary modernism, and against Luddism. It is, in effect, a defence of processed foods. Laudan is an historian, by the way, as well as a foodie. The article … Continue reading

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Synthetic Meat Gets Cheap(er)

Check out: Cost of lab-grown burger patty drops from $325,000 to $11.36. As this blog entry from Science Alert reminds us, the notion of synthetic meat made the news in a big way back in 2013. (See my: Ethics of … Continue reading

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Labour in the Food Industry

Check out this piece by Stephen Lurie, writing for Vox: You care about where your food comes from. Shouldn’t you care about who grew and picked it? Lurie is arguing that the food you consume embodies a certain set of … Continue reading

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