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Ethics of Food

Philosophy 181

Angela Jensen

on 7 December 2012

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There are approximately 1 billion malnourishment people in the world
All of these people could be nourished with less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe.
The UK, US and Europe have nearly twice as much food as is required by the nutritional needs of their populations
15% of U.S. homes do not have enough food
50 million American's have no access to healthy fresh produce
A third of the world's entire food supply could be saved by reducing waste – or enough to feed 3 billion people; and this would still leave enough surplus for countries to provide their populations with 130 per cent of their nutritional requirements
$165 billion worth of food waste goes into landfills each year Facts and Statistics Managing Waste Goal Start Each year Americans waste 33 million tons of food. How Can You Help? Waste Reduction! Ethics of Food By: Angela Jensen,Rob Krajecki,
Brad Kirbas, Rachel Golembiewski The Ugly Truth About Food Waste... Why Waste Matters: -Donate excess food (canned goods and non perishable items) to food pantries
-Try not to buy more food than you can consume
-Look carefully at storage instructions to make sure food lasts as long as possible
-Don't over fill your plates in the dining halls Loyola's Impact That's about 40% of our food supply. "Feed a stomach, not a landfill" Loyola's Dining services do quite a bit to reduce food waste.
Removing trays reduces waste by 25-30%
Uses organic produce, meat and seafood.
Support local farms and vendors
Left over food (on students trays and from the day) is composted to reduce the majority of waste Wolpe, director of the Emory Center for Ethics, said: “To treat food cavalierly leads to a lack of appreciation of the importance of food, of the fact that some go without it, of the suffering of animals that the carnivores among us are willing to tolerate to eat our food.” Ethical Issue?
-looks at the consequences as a whole
-Would look at prevention of food waste
i.e. composting -looks at each consequence separately
-Would ignore the fact that the majority of food is eaten not wasted VS Utilitarianism: Act Utilitarianism: Rule Utilitarianism: Deontology: The first categorical imperative formulation:
Act always on that maxim that you can will a universal law You can will yourself to reduce food waste which can become a universal law Virtue Ethics: -The ultimate end (waste reduction) is attained through action (recycling, composting, etc.) within an intellectual degree to its highest potential (no waste)
-deficit vs. excess Environmental Ethics: -Calicott: believes in ecocentricism (consideration for the ecosystem as a whole)
- Food supply is part of the ecosystem
-We must choose actions (reducing waste) that promotes stability of biotic communities Animal Rights: Taperelli: The end of an animal
is to be a means to a human being
Kant: Using animals for food
is okay because we are using the
animals as an end to better
ourselves (humans) Do you think the way that we eat food is ethical or not?
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