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Technology, Policy & Ethics Lecture Series


Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University

Friday, 8 Feb 2013 
1:00-3:00 pm
Ag Engineering (Bldg 08) Rm 123

The last decade has seen a dramatic growth of interest in food and food ethics. Prof. Thompson will discuss three key problems: the ethics of global hunger; the ethics of food consumption as it relates to personal and public health; and finally the ethical underpinnings of “the food movement” and its attraction to local and ethically motivated supply chains. Although these three issues present distinct challenges, they are connected to one another in surprising ways. Approaches to food ethics that focus narrowly on one set of issues may find that they have adopted strategies that put us in an awkward position with respect to the others.

Prof. Paul B. Thompson is the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, where he serves in the Departments of Philosophy, Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, and Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. He served as a member or advisor to the U.S. National Research Council’s Board on Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Biotechnology Research Advisory Committee and Genome Canada’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and numerous other boards and panels. More biographical details here.

This talk is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts’ Lottery Speakers Fund; the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences; and the Philosophy Department. For more information, or more on our Technology, Policy & Ethics Lecture series, please contact Dr. Patrick Lin or visit

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