Food, Animals, and the Environment: An Ethical Approach

Food, Animals, and the Environment: An Ethical Approach

By: Jeff Sebo (author), Christopher Schlottmann (author)Paperback

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Food, Animals, and the Environment: An Ethical Approach examines some of the main impacts that agriculture has on humans, nonhumans, and the environment, as well as some of the main questions that these impacts raise for the ethics of food production, consumption, and activism. Agriculture is having a lasting effect on this planet. Some forms of agriculture are especially harmful. For example, industrial animal agriculture kills 100+ billion animals per year; consumes vast amounts of land, water, and energy; and produces vast amounts of waste, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Other forms, such as local, organic, and plant-based food, have many benefits, but they also have many costs, especially at scale. These impacts raise difficult ethical questions. What do we owe animals, plants, species, and ecosystems? What do we owe people in other nations and future generations? What are the ethics of risk, uncertainty, and collective harm? What is the meaning and value of natural food in a world reshaped by human activity? What are the ethics of supporting harmful industries when less harmful alternatives are available? What are the ethics of resisting harmful industries through activism, advocacy, and philanthropy? The discussion ranges over cutting-edge topics such as effective altruism, abolition and regulation, revolution and reform, individual and structural change, single-issue and multi-issue activism, and legal and illegal activism. This unique and accessible text is ideal for teachers, students, and anyone else interested in serious examination of one of the most complex and important moral problems of our time.

About Author

Christopher Schlottmann is Clinical Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University, USA. He works on the ethical and social dimensions of environmental change. Jeff Sebo is Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy, and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University, USA. He works primarily in bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics.


1. Introduction 2. Facts, Values, and Naturalness 3. Moral Theory 4. Moral Status 5. Agriculture and the Environment 6. Industrial Agriculture 7. Alternatives to Industrial Agriculture 8. The Ethics of Food Production 9. The Ethics of Food Consumption 10. The Ethics of Legal Food Activism 11. The Ethics of Illegal Food Activism 12. Conclusion

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  • ISBN13: 9781138801127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781138801127
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 1138801127

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