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Sloane Miller, Food Allergy Counselor (Picture © Noel Malcolm 2013)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Ethics of What We Eat

Just finished The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. Oy. Don’t eat chicken from any factory-farm producer like Tyson or Purdue, that’s all I can say.

No, I can say more: here are four ethical principals we should be demanding from our food producers [and telling our government representatives to demand] according to Singer and Mason:

1. Transparency-we have a right to know how our food is produced as well as accurate and unbiased info about what we are buying and how it’s produced.

2. Fairness-producing food should not impact the environment or humans; food production must be environmentally sustainable.

3. Humanity- inflicting significant suffering on animals is wrong. “Kindness and compassion toward all human and animals is better than indifference to the suffering of a sentient being”.

4. Social responsibility-all factory workers must have decent wage and working conditions.

Part 2 [i.e. clear tips about how to be a “conscientious omnivore”] in a tic...

6 comments:

jonah said...

“conscientious omnivore” .... gotta luv it :-) ..... and, have to agree, it's excellent advice! .... also wondering, why do you avoid soy? .... have you experimented with fermented vs. non-fermented soy products .... have read somewhere that fermented soy is better for digestion and health ....

jonah

Allergic Girl said...

hey jonah--it is good advice, and really not too hard to follow.

soy, hmm well, there were a few months when i had cut out dairy but hadn't started eating meat; i was eating alot of soy-soynuts, edamame, soymilk, tofu, miso, soynutbutter. essentially i was over soying and my body wasn't digesting it, at all. so i cut it ALL out and tummy was better.

really too much of anything isn't great. in this case soy. it's been two years and except some soy lethicin that is in SO MUCH i'm still soy free...

jonah said...

hi, allergic girl, don't see my subsequent post to you from yesterday .... did you receive it or did you decide not to publish it? .... just wondering .... hope you enjoy the Chinese food tonight! .... any regional fav?

ciao,
jonah

Allergic Girl said...

hi jonah, i got it but it seemed to be a personal message... chinese food was yummy, shanghai pavillion on the upper east side. PS are you danielle's roomie?

nowheymama said...

#1 is my favorite, of course. Why is that so difficult?

Allergic Girl said...

hey nowhey--like anyone who knows they are doing something bad, they want to cover it up.

one of the reasons i was impressed when brandt beef invited me to visit them in california to see how their operation is run. the authors of ETHICS were rarely given that luxury; many of the factory-farm producers wouldn't even answer their phone calls much less show them around the chicken processing plant. very similar experience to TWINKIE, DECONSTRUCTED where he couldn't get the bleach makers to show him around [to see how bleached flour is made].