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Food Ethics: The Basics

1st Edition

By Ronald L. Sandler


202 pages

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Food Ethics: The Basics is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the ethical dimensions of the production and consumption of food. It offers an impartial exploration of the most prominent ethical questions relating to food and agriculture including:

• Should we eat animals?

• Are locally produced foods ethically superior to globally sourced foods?  

• Do people in affluent nations have a responsibility to help reduce global hunger?

• Should we embrace bioengineered foods?

• What should be the role of government in promoting food safety and public health?

Using extensive data and real world examples, as well as providing suggestions for further reading, Food Ethics: The Basics is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the ethics of food.


"The book provides a balanced perspective for each contemporary issue as well as arguments supporting and opposing debatable benefits and risks of food production and consumption issues. The philosophical perspectives are clearly written, the technical details are jargon free, and the science is accurate… A useful resource for public policy and agricultural libraries…Summing Up: Recommended." - B. R. Shmaefsky, Lone Star College - Kingwood, CHOICE

"Sandler makes a good job introducing the topic of food ethics to the reader, offering a broad range of information and describing key underlying ethical enquiries and particular views on each of the topics presented. (…) Reading this book was helpful in the sense that it provided insight into a topic that has not been widely studied or discussed. Thus, it can be a valuable introduction to food ethics, while encouraging the reader to explore more about this project." - Natalie Herdoiza Castro, Utrecht University

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Food Systems 2. Food Security and the Ethics of Assistance 3. Should We Eat Animals? 4. Bioengineering 5. Food and health 6. Food and culture Bibliography

About the Author

Ronald Sandler is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy