Category Archives: health

Ethics of Small Choices

Yesterday, on my Business Ethics Blog, I published a short blog entry about an ethical dilemma faced by a coffee shop. The dilemma — and disagreement between co-owners — was whether to offer the standard range of sweeteners and whiteners … Continue reading

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Ethics of Eating Meat

A recent Toronto Star piece on the ethics of eating meat quotes me, briefly, on the topic of lab-grown meat (something I’ve blogged about before). The main point of the article, however, is to make an attempt to marshall a … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, animal rights, animal welfare, choice, health, kids, meat, nutrition | 3 Comments

Sources of Calories and Diet-Industry Ethics

This is interesting, and confirms my non-scientist’s suspicion. It turns out that (at least according to this one study) calories count, but not where they come from. The basic finding is that if you’re trying to lose weight, what matters … Continue reading

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Paula Deen’s Ethics

Paula Deen is under fire for failing to announce promptly enough that she has Type 2 diabetes. My first impression: The kind of food Deen promoted was unhealthy 5 years ago. It was unhealthy the day she was diagnosed. It … Continue reading

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Store Does End-Run Around Egg Safety

Here’s a chuckle, and a caution: Store sells cartons, gives away eggs A health food store in eastern P.E.I. is looking for a way around health regulations after provincial officials told them to stop selling eggs they buy from local … Continue reading

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Things that Matter: Drug Residue in Chinese Pork

You could tell a lot about your average foodie or food-safety advocate by asking them to list food-related issues by level of importance. Some people tend to focus on the latest feel-good trend (e.g., at least some versions of localism) … Continue reading

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Nudging College Kids to Eat Less

How do you get college freshman to avoid that first-term weight-gain known as “the Freshman 25?” What’s the right cafeteria policy? How do you balance making sure every student gets enough to meet his or her needs, without overfeeding them? … Continue reading

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Using, Regulating and Testing for Antibiotics in Milk

Here’s an interesting story about efforts to regulate competitive behaviour in the food industry: By William Neuman, for the NYT: F.D.A and Dairy Industry Spar Over Testing of Milk Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds … Continue reading

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Cloning and “Proportionate” Regulatory Response to Risk

Regulation, it perhaps goes without saying, is a tricky business. It necessarily involves a small number of politicians, bureaucrats, and technical advisors devising and implementing rules on a staggering range of activities and products and services. The number of issues … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, cloning, ethics, health, meat, nanotechnology, public policy, regulation

US Government Contradicts Itself in Promoting Cheese

[Addendum (Dec. 14 2010) — it seems the NYT article cited below may have been misleading. See this blog entry here. Thanks to reader Anastasia for notifying me.] I love cheese. Probably too much. If I ate as much of … Continue reading

Posted in health, junk food, marketing, public policy, USDA | 2 Comments