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.

The Value of Ethical Reducetarians

Here’s a terrific little piece on the role that ‘reducetarians’ (people who try to eat less meat, without going fully vegetarian) play in the overall battle to reduce animal suffering and save the planet from the meat industry: Reducetarians: the … Continue reading

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Chickens, Antibiotics, and Drug-resistant Bacteria

Read this and you may never eat chicken again, (by Maryn McKenna for the Guardian) I discovered that the reason American chicken tastes so different from those I ate everywhere else was that in the United States, we breed for … Continue reading

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Anti-Meat Protests: Debating Tactics

See this, by Adina Bresge, for the Toronto Metro News. (I’m quoted.) Ethical eating debate arises after vegan protesters target Toronto restaurant A confrontation between animal rights activists and the owner of a restaurant who protesters say cut up and … Continue reading

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MSG

Here’s a fascinating piece on the sources of food myths, and the scientific truth about MSG: How MSG Got A Bad Rap: Flawed Science And Xenophobia, written by Anna Maria Barry-Jester for FiveThirtyEightScience. MSG was developed in Japan as a … Continue reading

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Are Hybrid Fruits & Vegetables Safe?

Are hybrid fruits & vegetables safe? The short answer from this educated layperson is “yes, of course, generally.” I’m not terribly worried about the dangers of the limequat, or the ugli fruit or the plumquat. But still. To the best … Continue reading

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Uncompromising Veganism

These days vegetarianism and veganism come in dozens of varieties. There are part-time vegans, flexitarians, and those who observe “Meatless Mondays,” just to name a few examples. And some of us (me included) take an approach according to which we … Continue reading

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Artisanal Water

What could be more authentic than artisanal water? What could be more hilarious? Check out this great Parody of Artisanal Food Makers. It’s a lovely sendup of the view that food ethics is really all about authentic experiences and food … Continue reading

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