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1st Edition

The Ethics of Agribusiness
Justice and Global Food in Focus

ISBN 9781032185705
Published August 25, 2022 by Routledge
108 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers an original perspective on food supply chains. It argues that the ability to trade food on a global scale could be intrinsically good aside from any instrumental value that people gain from it.

While the author’s argument seems to counter wholesale anti-agribusiness views, it is consistent with the larger goals of food-justice movements. The author examines the structures of food supply chains, revealing the kinds of harm they help produce. They include slavery, abusive labor, geopolitical exploitation, ecological degradation, and public health impacts. Although the book argues that food supply chains can be collectively beneficial, eliminating their immoral features must hold steady as a continuous enterprise. Securing this outcome means that we go beyond critique. The final chapter advocates for the sustainable food label to address issues of food justice and food sovereignty.

The Ethics of Agribusiness will interest researchers and advanced students working in food ethics, environmental ethics, and agricultural ethics.

Table of Contents


1. The First Link: Introduction, Methodology, and Overview

2. Food Problems

3. Food Chains and Applied Mereology

4. Globalized Opacity

5. Agribusiness Technology

6. Moral Ordering for Agribusiness

7. The Intrinsic Value of Food Chains

8. Conclusion


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Shane Epting is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. His previous books include The Morality of Urban Mobility: Technology and Philosophy of the City and Saving Cities: A Taxonomy of Urban Technologies.