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Food, Ethics and the Environment (November 16-17, 2006)

Food, Ethics and the Environment

A Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment Lecture Series

With nearly 1,000 in attendance, this two-day conference brought together industry experts, scientists, local farmers, students and representatives of University dining services to build on existing movements on and off campus to examine food choices. 

Session I: Moving Beyond Fast Food Nation: The True Cost of Cheapness

Moving Beyond a Fast Food Nation

Food as an Ethical Issue

Speaker: Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

The True Cost of Cheapness

Speaker: Eric Schlosser '81, Journalist and author of Fast Food Nation

Session II: Eating Well and Eating Locally

Eating Well and Eating Locally

Environmental Determinants of Food Choice: The Ethics of Food Marketing

Speaker: Marion Nestle, New York University

Ethics, Energetics, and Diversity-Enhancing Benefits of Eating Locally

Speaker: Gary Nabhan, director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University and author of Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods

Session III: Concerns for Oceans, Climate, and Animal Welfare

Oceans, Climate and Animals

One Fish, Two Fish, Will There Be More Fish?

Speaker: Rebecca Goldburg ’80, Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense

Some Effects of Dietary Choices on the Physical Environment

Speakers: Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin, assistant professors of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago; co-authors of "Diet, Energy and Global Warming" (Earth Interactions, Vol. 10, pp. 1-17, March 2006)

Farm Animal Welfare Concerns and Progress in the United States

Speaker: Paul Shapiro, Director, Factory Farming Campaign, Humane Society (U.S.)

Session IV: The Omnivore’s Choices and the Corporation’s Responsibilities

Omnivore's Choices ...

The Omnivore's Dilemma: Ethics and Other Considerations

Speaker: Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley, and author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

'Fork to Farm' Responsibilities: A Perspective from the Golden Arches and Beyond

Speaker: Bob Langert, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, McDonald's Corporation

Session V: Eating More Ethically at Princeton University

Eating Ethically at Princeton

A Sustainable Food Program? Great, But What Will It Cost?

Speaker: John Turenne, President and founder, Sustainable Food Systems, LLC

What Is On Our Plate At Princeton?

Speaker: Stuart Orefice, director, Princeton University Dining Services


Speakers: William Andersen '81, president, Longview Development Company, founding member of the Phoenixville Farmers' Market and Charlestown Farm Center; Kathryn Andersen '08, Greening Princeton; Anim Steel, associate director, the Food Project, Lincoln MA. Nathan Gregory, Greening Princeton