Can we really vote with our forks? Opportunism and the threshold chicken

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Abstract

Consider Oppy, an average, middle-aged guy who skims a few of Mark Bittman’s pieces in the New York Times and starts to worry that what he buys and eats somehow contributes to the global supremacy of the industrial “meat-guzzler.” 1 One day he comes across Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma in an airport bookstore and spends his whole f light devouring it. As he learns more about the industrial food system from Pollan, he becomes increasingly alarmed by its treatment of animals and workers, its reliance on government-subsidized corn and soy, its use of lobbyists to gain preferential treatment from lawmakers, and its effects on family farmers, local economies, and the environment. 2 Oppy gets off the f light feeling genuinely engaged by the issue for the first time: He now regards much of the treatment of animals and workers in the industrial agriculture system as wrong, and as a result he intends to donate to an animal sanctuary and spend his free time advocating on behalf of local undocumented workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophy Comes to Dinner
Subtitle of host publicationArguments About the Ethics of Eating
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages182-202
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781136578076
ISBN (Print)9780415806824
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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