|Title:||The limit of labels: ethical food is more than consumer choice|
ethical food production
|Citation:||Mayes, C. The limit of labels: ethical food is more than consumer choice, September 8, 2016 The Conversation|
|Abstract:||Over the past hundred years, industrial agriculture and the globalised food system have produced cheaper, longer lasting and more diverse food items. We can now enjoy tropical fruits in winter, purchase whole chickens at the price of a cup of coffee, and eat fresh bread long after it was baked. Once celebrated as the benevolent results of food science and ingenuity of farmers, these cheap and safe foods are dismissed by critics as the tainted fruits of “Big Food” – the culinary version of Big Tobacco and Big Oil. Food is no longer simply a matter of taste or convenience. Our food choices have become ethical and political issues. An innocuous but central strategy in these debates is the food label. In recent years there has been an explosion of ethico-political food labels to address concerns such as slavery, nutrition, environmental degradation, fair trade and animal cruelty. These disparate concerns are unified by their connection to the amorphous culprit “Big Food”. The idea is that by knowing what is in our food and how it was produced, we will reject unethical food corporations, buy from ethical producers and thereby promote justice. But is this necessarily so?|
|Type of Work:||Article|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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