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Food, Animals and the Environment : An Ethical Approach (Hardcover) (Christopher Schlottmann)
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Food, Animals and the Environment: An Ethical Approach introduces through an ethical perspective the major concepts and values at the intersection of food and the environment with an emphasis on the unique place of animals. It is designed to give students both the critical thinking tools and basic concepts and information necessary to analyse the many challenges and values concerning food and the environment. This includes how to apply concepts and theories to cases, and how to utilize clear and consistent arguments in relation to key concepts (natural, local, organic, and humane) and key values (liberty, equality, community, and the moral status of animals, plants, species, and ecosystems). Thought experiments and international case studies elucidate each of these critical thinking skills. The latter will be drawn from both the philosophical literature, and recent empirical studies that challenge our conventional wisdom on food systems, such as the case of rice shipped from Bangladesh to San Francisco having a lower carbon footprint than rice grown via artificial irrigation in Northern California and trucked to San Francisco.This unique and accessibly written textbook will be useful reading for undergraduate students of Applied Ethics, Food Studies, Animal Studies and Environmental Studies.