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Food Ethics Lecture Series

What do we mean when we talk about “food ethics”? What role have industry, government, the academy, and other actors played in shaping what we know about food, and our understanding of the various issues identified as questions of “food ethics”? Jonathan H. Marks, Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, and Law; explores.
When Apr 23, 2012
from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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Contact Phone 8148635911
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"The Future of Food Ethics"

 

Event photoJonathan H. Marks, Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities, and Law; Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute; and Director of the Bioethics Program, Penn State

What do we mean when we talk about “food ethics”? What role have industry, government, the academy, and other actors played in shaping what we know about food, and our understanding of the various issues identified as questions of “food ethics”? This lecture will explore the contours of food ethics, outlining (among other things) the ethical implications of the complex webs of human relations on which our food networks depend, as well as the practical impacts of food production and consumption on the environment, and human and animal health. The lecture will highlight the most pressing issues in food ethics that we face locally, nationally, and globally; identify the tools that ethics might helpfully bring to the table; and explore the potential contribution concepts such as “food justice” to policy discussions. Unlike previous lectures in the series, this will be a shorter lecture, leaving time for formal responses as well as general discussion.