Category Archives: safety

How Good (or Bad) is the FDA?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the target of plenty of criticism. In fact, almost nobody seems to like the FDA — except maybe occasionally when they institute a recall or impose a penalty, and even then there’s almost … Continue reading

Posted in FDA, health, public policy, regulation, safety | 3 Comments

Should Grandma Drink Bottled Water?

Here’s a thought about health warnings related to foods and food packaging. A few months ago my grandmother told me she had stopped drinking bottled water. Why? Because she had heard on the news that there are chemicals in plastic … Continue reading

Posted in consumerism, elderly, kids, labeling, media, safety, science, water

Dangers of Hotdogs

This blog is relatively new, but I’ve been blogging about certain kinds of food ethics issues on my Business Ethics Blog for years. Here’s a topic that has been on my mind recently: hotdog safety. The basic problem is that … Continue reading

Posted in ethics, kids, labeling, safety

When is a Factory Farm Not a Factory Farm?

Factory farms are often vilified, with varying degrees of justification. But sometimes, it seems to me, the problem with factory farms is that they’re just not enough like real factories. Let’s start with a report on the condition of one … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ethics, farmers, health, industrial, safety | 2 Comments

Organic Pesticide Food Labels?

When organic foods are produced using organic pesticides, should consumers be told so by means of labels? Many people think “organic” means that no pesticides have been used, but strictly speaking that’s false. “Organic” actually means that no synthetic pesticides … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, environment, farmers, labeling, organic, safety

Safety of Louisiana Fish & Shrimp

In the wake of the BP oil disaster, the fisheries off the Gulf Coast are doubly important. They’re a big source of jobs for folks in the Gulf states, and the health of the shrimp and fish there is an … Continue reading

Posted in ecosystems, environment, ethics, fisheries, regulation, safety

Welcome to my new ‘Food Ethics’ blog

This is a new blog about ethical issues that arise in growing, shipping, processing, selling, regulating, and eating food. Food is a hot issue these days — that is, people are talking (and writing) a lot about what kinds of … Continue reading

Posted in animal welfare, ecosystems, genetic modification, local, organic, regulation, safety, subsidies