American Animals, American Men: Popular Literature from 1830 to 1915
| Contributor(s):: Kelly, Stephen D.
Critics of animal rights often deride the movement’s proponents for having a sentimental, juvenile misconception of what animals really are, an argument bolstered by the fact that few twenty-first-century Americans besides those engaged in the industries of animal exploitation have any...
Ballot Measures and Subversion of Direct Democracy: Initiatives to Outlaw Aerial Wolf Killing in Alaska
| Contributor(s):: Simon, Alexander, Clark, Steven C.
Activists often utilize ballot measures to protect wildlife. However, state executive branches may employ a variety of means to subvert direct democracy. We examine some of these tactics via a case study of two nearly identical ballot initiatives that were intended to outlaw the aerial killing of...
Post-communist canine: a feminist approach to women and dogs in canine performance sports in Poland
| Contributor(s):: Wlodarczyk, J.
The article attempts to present the complexity of relationships between women, capitalism, democracy, and competitive dog training in post-communist Poland. The article documents the correlation between increased involvement of women in competitive canine sports in Poland after 1989, changes in...
Risk assessment of genetically modified food and neoliberalism: an argument for democratizing the regulatory review protocol of the Food and Drug Administration
| Contributor(s):: Meghani, Z.
The primary responsibility of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect public health by ensuring the safety of the food supply. To that end, it sometimes conducts risk assessments of novel food products, such as genetically modified (GM) food. The FDA describes its regulatory...
A Class Pet Campaign: Experiencing the Democratic Process
| Contributor(s):: Gunnels, Jan Allison
Agrarian ideals, sustainability ethics, and US policy: a critique for practitioners
| Contributor(s):: Graffy, E.
The ethics of food for tomorrow: on the viability of agrarianism - how far can it go? Comments on Paul Thompson's Agrarian Vision
| Contributor(s):: Anthony, R.
Conflict over risks in food production: a challenge for democracy
| Contributor(s):: Jensen, K. K.
When it comes to conflict over risk management priorities in food production, a number of observers, including myself, have called for some sort of public deliberation as a means of resolving the moral disagreements underlying such conflicts. This paper asks how, precisely, such deliberation...
Democracy at its best? The consensus conference in a cross-national perspective. (Special Issue: Ethical tools.)
| Contributor(s):: Nielsen, A. P., Lassen, J., Sandoe, P.
Over recent decades, public participation in technology assessment has spread internationally as an attempt to overcome or prevent societal conflicts over controversial technologies. One outcome of this new surge in public consultation initiatives has been the increased use of participatory...
The US' Food and Drug Administration, normativity of risk assessment, GMOs, and American democracy
| Contributor(s):: Meghani, Z.
The process of risk assessment of biotechnologies, such as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), has normative dimensions. However, the US' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seems committed to the idea that such evaluations are objective. This essay makes the case that the agency's regulatory...
Virgil, vigilance, and voice: agrifood ethics in an age of globalization
| Contributor(s):: Busch, L.
Some 2000 years ago, Virgil wrote 'The Georgics', a political tract on Roman agriculture in the form of a poem. This paper argues that we are currently in need of a new Georgics that addresses the two key issues of our time: 'vigilance' and 'voice'. This need is a result of rising global trade in...
An ethicist's commentary on released time for voting, etc
| Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.
Consent and consensus in policies related to food - five core values
| Contributor(s):: Rocklinsberg, H.
When formulating a policy related to food in a heterogeneous context within a nation or between nations, oppositional positions are more or less explicit, but always have to be overcome. It is interesting to note, though, that such elements as culture and religion have seldom been the focus in...
The impact of BSE and FMD on ethics and democratic process. (Special issue: Farm animal diseases in context)
| Contributor(s):: Murphy-Lawless, J.
The recent crises of BSE and FMD in the United Kingdom have revealed widespread concerns on the part of farmers and consumers about government regulations and handling of animal movements, animal welfare, and food safety. Both crises raised issues of government accountability and the lack of...