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An attempt to collect some of the better recent material related to food ethics in the popular press.
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How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Inside the Obama administration’s standoff with Republicans, the food industry and the nation’s lunch ladies over the future of the cafeteria.
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Hm. Is "lunch ladies" still an acceptable term?

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Sir Paul McCartney raps for Meat Free Monday campaign

Sir Paul McCartney raps for Meat Free Monday campaign | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Musician makes plea for people to go vegetarian once a week, in video posted on YouTube featuring short rap
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I ate crickets because they're the future of food

I ate crickets because they're the future of food | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The morning after I visited Next Millennium Farms, my digestive system expelled its first cricket exoskeleton. There it was, floating on the water’s edge of my hotel room toilet: a translucent...
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Mean Greens - University of North Texas Dining

Mean Greens - University of North Texas Dining | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Residents of UNT will benefit from our great meal plan deals while taking advantage of our popular all-you-can-eat open dining. Learn more about resident meal plans, summer time plans, policies and the Food Advisory Committee. Off campus students can also take advantage of our great meal plans. Learn more about meal plans, summer time meal plans an
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There is now an all-vegan dining hall option at North Texas (thanks to Dan Hooley for the link).  Meanwhile, there is no such option at Cornell and, unbelievably, not even one vegan restaurant in all of Ithaca. 

 

Grudging congratulations to the Midwest (e.g. Grand Rapids) and the South (Texas) for leading the way.

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Killing Animals: Justified By Imaginary Solutions to Suffering?

Killing Animals: Justified By Imaginary Solutions to Suffering? | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Exploiting and killing animals for food, when we have no need to consume animal products, is not morally defensible.
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Cornell professor Sherry Colb's response to the NYT piece below on animal suffering.

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Rethinking Eating

Rethinking Eating | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Start-ups are engineering “meat” and “eggs” from pulverized plant compounds.
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If we're lucky, technology might soon obviate a lot of our ethical discussions...

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Man-made cow’s milk may soon be a reality

Man-made cow’s milk may soon be a reality | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A start-up is using biotechnology to make animal-free milk that's almost identical to cow's milk.
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have your veganism and eat cheese too...

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Documentary attacks meat’s environmental impact

Documentary attacks meat’s environmental impact | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A new documentary has been launched this month that claims to expose the meat industry’s environmental destruction and the lack of a challenge from green groups.
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As of July 30th, all of the comments on this story are in support of the film's message.  Surprising for a meat industry news outlet.  Looks like I am not the only non-industry observer here...

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Panda has a lesson for vegans

Panda has a lesson for vegans | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The panda is a warning for all against veganism, delegates to the World Meat Congress were told.
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"as result of not eating meat, the panda has poor sexual and maternal instincts..."

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An Inconvenient Truth About Our Food

An Inconvenient Truth About Our Food | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A new film addresses what a former F.D.A. commissioner calls “one of the great public health epidemics of our time.”
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TODAY puts 'meatless' meat to the test: Does it taste like chicken? - Food - TODAY.com

TODAY puts 'meatless' meat to the test: Does it taste like chicken? - Food - TODAY.com | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Bill Gates and the founders of Twitter are betting millions that meat lovers will embrace a new plant-based product that mimics the taste...
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Disruptive development in the food industry.  Thanks to Matt Halteman for the link.

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Which Food Companies Do Pigs Hate Most? Read This List

Which Food Companies Do Pigs Hate Most? Read This List | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Gestation crates, metal enclosures that confine female breeding sows for most of their adult lives, are considered inhumane because the animals are unable to move around freely or even lie down on their sides. Many companies have announced plans to shift away from using meat that comes from supplier...
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Lots of companies slowly phasing out crates.  In some cases, VERY slowly.  But still.

 

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Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty

Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Alfalfa, grown for Asian cattle, is worsening California’s drought.
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something to ask Joe Regenstein about when he visits our class...

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The Bioethicist Turned Butcher

The Bioethicist Turned Butcher | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Dan Honig got his master’s degree in bioethics after studying philosophy and environmental ethics. Now, he co-owns Happy Valley Meat Company, a high-quality beef supplier.
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The final quotation seems to be in tension with his overall position (and practice):  “Animals have needs and desires. They are not just machines, but morally similar to us,” he said. “We shouldn’t ignore everything that makes them a living creature.”

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Luke Caldwell's curator insight, October 1, 2014 9:51 PM

Always great to know the source of good quality produce!

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World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
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it's the only way to "feed 9 billion" is often cited as a powerful argument for the industrial agriculture system.  Now it looks like 9 billion is off by a long shot.

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Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The world's largest hog and pork buyer wants its contract farmers to move pregnant sows out of constrictive crates and into group houses, generally considered more humane, by 2022. The move is significant because independent farmers supply about 40 percent of the company's sows.
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'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America

'Sweetness #9' Satirizes Food Wars And Artificial America | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.
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Can Fast Food Redeem Itself? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Can Fast Food Redeem Itself? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Can a new wave of fast food restaurants nurture healthier alternatives and sustainable practices, or is it all just buzzwords and aggressive marketing?
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New concept: "Alt-fast-food"

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Earthlings, Anarchists and Other Animals

Earthlings, Anarchists and Other Animals | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
My commitment to veganism was born in the fire of activism. But living so far from animal life, it’s become hard to stoke the flame.
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Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

Zoo Animals and Their Discontents | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Do donkeys get depressed? Are some aoudads anxious? And what can a zoo’s shrink do to help ease their minds?
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"A profusion of recent studies have shown animals to be far closer to us than we previously believed..."

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This facility is mass-producing chicken without antibiotics

This facility is mass-producing chicken without antibiotics | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
What if we could raise healthier and bigger chickens on a large scale without using tons of antibiotics? That's what farmers in the Netherlands are trying to do, reports Slate, using a...
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The worry, of course, is that when they get sick the farmers will still resist giving them the antibiotics.  But still, an interesting development.  Thanks to Colin McLear for the link.

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The Unhealthy Meat Market

The Unhealthy Meat Market | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A handful of companies control what we put on the dinner table, raising concerns for the lives of humans and animals alike.
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