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