1st Edition

New Omnivorism and Strict Veganism Critical Perspectives

Edited By Cheryl Abbate, Christopher Bobier Copyright 2024

    A growing number of animal ethicists defend new omnivorism—the view that it’s permissible, if not obligatory, to consume certain kinds of animal flesh and products. This book puts defenders of new omnivorism and advocates of strict veganism into conversation with one another to further debate in food ethics in novel and meaningful ways.

    The book includes six chapters that defend distinct versions of new omnivorism and six critical responses from scholars who are sympathetic to strict veganism. The contributors debate whether it’s ethically permissible to eat the following: "freegan" meat; roadkill; cultured meat; genetically disenhanced animals; possibly insentient animals, such as insects; and fish. The volume concludes with two chapters that examine strict vegan and new omnivore policies. Presenting readers with clear defenses and criticisms of the various dietary proposals, this book draws attention to the most important ethical challenges facing traditional animal agriculture and alternative systems of food production.

    New Omnivorism and Strict Veganism will appeal to scholars and students interested in food ethics, animal ethics, and agricultural ethics.

    Introduction Cheryl Abbate and Christopher Bobier

    Part 1: The Ethics of Freeganism

    1. Freeganism: A (cautious) defense Josh Milburn

    2. Is there a freegan challenge to veganism? Andy Lamey

    Part 2: The Ethics of Eating Insentient Animals

    3. Entomophagy: What, if anything, do we owe to insects? Angela K. Martin

    4. Don’t eat the bugs! Martijn van Loon and Bernice Bovenkerk

    Part 3: The Ethics of Eating Cultured Meat

    5. In vitro meat, edibility, and moral properties Rachel Robison-Greene

    6. Against flesh: Why We Should Eschew (Not Chew) Lab-Grown and ‘Happy’ Meat Ben Bramble

    Part 4: The Ethics of Eating Roadkill

    7. Harm-based arguments for strict vegetarianism Donald W. Bruckner

    8. Why eating roadkill is wrong: New consequentialist and deontological perspectives Cheryl Abbate

    Part 5: The Ethics of Eating Fish

    9. A (begrudging and partial) defense of the fishing industry Bob Fischer

    10. If you care about anymals, do not fish (or eat fishes) Lisa Kemmerer

    Part 6: The Ethics of Eating Disenhanced Animals

    11. For their own good? The unseen harms of disenhancing farmed animals Susana Monsó and Sara Hintze

    12. Gene editing to reduce suffering Adam Shriver

    Part 7: Further Thoughts: Vegan and New Omnivore Policy

    13. The ethics and politics of meat taxes and bans nico stubler and Jeff Sebo

    14. New omnivore policy: Friend or foe of veganism? Christopher Bobier


    Cheryl Abbate is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has published over 30 academic pieces on animal ethics, including “People and Their Animal Companions” (Philosophical Studies), “Valuing Animals As They Are” (European Journal of Philosophy), and “Meat Eating and Moral Responsibility” (Utilitas).

    Christopher Bobier is an assistant professor of philosophy and the associate director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. His work has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Zeitschrift für Ethik und Moralphilosophie, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Analysis, and Conservation Biology.