- Chris MacDonald is a Toronto-based ethicist, professor, speaker and consultant.
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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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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
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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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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Should Food Grown in Space Be Labelled?
People are big on food labels. Some people want labels on genetically modified foods. Others want foods labeled if they contain so-called “pink slime” (LFTB, or ‘lean finely textured beef’). Others want animal welfare labels. Lots of concerns, for reasons … Continue reading
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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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