The Ethics of Eating

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You face a difficult moral decision every time you decide what to eat. What impact should animal rights have on your decision? Is the suffering involved in meat, egg and dairy production bad enough that you should go vegan? How do your food choices affect the economy and the environment? Should you become a locavore? Should you eat only sustainably produced, "farm to table" food? Or is factory-farmed food more efficient and ultimately better for the environment?

We also face difficult food-related questions at the political-social level. Should states restrict their citizens' food choices so as to encourage healthy eating? Should governments grant patents on genetically modified crops? And how do we, as a society, implement effective food policies for a rapidly expanding world population?

This class will provide the tools required to reflect clearly and effectively on these challenging questions.

Our goal is to provide a wor...

You face a difficult moral decision every time you decide what to eat. What impact should animal rights have on your decision? Is the suffering involved in meat, egg and dairy production bad enough that you should go vegan? How do your food choices affect the economy and the environment? Should you become a locavore? Should you eat only sustainably produced, "farm to table" food? Or is factory-farmed food more efficient and ultimately better for the environment?

We also face difficult food-related questions at the political-social level. Should states restrict their citizens' food choices so as to encourage healthy eating? Should governments grant patents on genetically modified crops? And how do we, as a society, implement effective food policies for a rapidly expanding world population?

This class will provide the tools required to reflect clearly and effectively on these challenging questions.

Our goal is to provide a working understanding of some leading ethical theories as well as the central empirical issues related to food production, distribution and consumption. Along the way, students will hear from a variety of scientists, philosophers, activists, and industry participants:

  • Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
  • T. Colin Campbell, Cornell nutritionist and author of The China Study
  • Mark Bittman, cookbook author and New York Times food writer
  • Marion Nestle, nutritionist and author of Food Politics
  • Joe Regenstein, Cornell food scientist and director of the Kosher-Halal Food Initiative
  • Joel Salatin, alternative farming advocate and author of 9 books
  • Bryant Terry, award-winning chef, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen
  • Brian Wansink, Cornell food and brand psychologist, author of Mindless Eating
     
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2/10 starsDropped
1 year, 6 months ago
I'm sorry but 'philosophers' should not be teaching eating ethics, NO ONE SHOULD. It creates anxiety and overthinking what has already become an arduous task of checking for proper nutrition. Such lunacy. They both need a shrink, don't push me to need one too!
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Megan Zwart

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
I was interested in taking this course because I teach online courses myself and because I teach food ethics. I'm am very impressed with the course organization and the diversity of issues that the course manages to treat with depth and clarity. Each module is visually inviting, internally cohesive and engaging. I particularly enjoy the way content is 'chunked' in mini-lectures, exercises and discussion opportunities. I'm also very impressed with the star-studded line up of guest contributors. I'm not aware of any of course like this that brings such diverse and compelling views to the table.
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3 years, 2 months ago
This course covers a very wide range of food-related topics from a lot of different points of view. Slaughterhouses, politics, future technologies, industrial food system, organic agriculture, justice, hunger&malnutrition and lots more. I would have loved more scientific and economical content, but the main focus is philosophy. If you like philosophers mindset you will love this course.. personally I have felt several times the urge to punch the (very good) instructors in the face :p but I would like to recommend it anyway.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Great course. One of the best I have taken from EdX. Really gave me "Food for Thought." I discovered myself thinking about WHY I eat the way I do and what philosophical foundation guided my choices.
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Victoria A

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
Incredible course with amazing opinions and considerations from both sides of the debate. It does get more difficult about 2/3 the way in so be prepared for that. Loved the course and would recommend to anyone interested in knowing more about where their food is coming from and what goes into the process before consumption.
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Cynthia Hennecke

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
I loved this class. It set a high bar for future classes - I signed up for a couple of others, but their discussions, etc. were so counter-intuitive for me that I dropped them. The discussion boards could use a couple of tweaks - like notification when someone has posted to something you're following. Also, a mail tool would be nice to have one-on-one conversations with some of the classmates. But the videos, the readings, the interactions on the discussion threads were well suited to me. I appreciate how much work the instructors put into preparing this course and how responsive they were to discussion posts and questions. I hope I can find similarly informative courses that are constructed in at least approximately the same way in the future.
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7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
Decent content overall. Could have used more engagement on political and economic issues, and a better venue for discussion, and a little less preppiness. But it'll make you think.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
neat, fun, dynamic, packed with theoretical and empirical examples. love the instructors. hope they'll be seen on this platform again. only hope that i had interacted with classmates more. some had put in heart and mind into their responses, giving me a glimpse to their society.and situatio.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
Great class. Very well designed and interesting. A good fit both for people who have prior exposure to food ethics and for newbies. All instructors are very good teachers.
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