Food for Thought

by Justin Bzovy On February 25th we had Evan Fraser, a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph, as our Rotman speaker. Fraser gave a talk on Food in 2050: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion. I had a chance to sit and talk with him about his interdisciplinary approach […]

Video Posting — Evan Fraser: Food in 2050: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion

Evan Fraser, of the University of Guelph, delivered a lecture on February 25, 2016 entitled, Food in 2050: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion. Video of this lecture has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel. Abstract: Creating food systems capable of sustainably, equitably, and nutritiously feeding 9 billion people while dealing […]

Beyond Animal Rights

For most of us, animal rights are a political afterthought. Even if we regard them as important, our concern for the rights of animals is unlikely to supersede our concern for the rights of people. In part, the hierarchy of concerns that many of us use to prioritize our attention and actions is motivated by […]

Rotman Postdoc Public Lecture: The GMO Controversy: Health, Safety, … and What Else?

On Wednesday, April 8, at 7:30pm, Rotman postdoc Dan Hicks will be giving a lecture for the Humanist Association of London and Area at the Cross Cultural Learning Centre, 505 Dundas Street in London. The lecture is open to the general public and a $2 donation is suggested. The title and abstract are below. The […]

Talking about GMOs at AAAS

This past weekend, I [Rotman Postdoc Dan Hicks] attended the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS] in Chicago. I presented a poster discussing my current work, on the controversy over genetically modified foods, and was interviewed with a writer at ScienceNOW, the news blog at Science/AAAS. Check out the […]

New Publication: Dan Hicks: Review of Food Ethics by Pojman and Kaplan

Rotman Postdoc Dan Hicks reviews two anthologies that cover ethical issues in our food system. Both anthologies are intended for “food ethics” courses, and discuss such issues as food security, animal welfare, and biotechnology. Before coming to Western, Hicks developed and taught a food ethics course at the University of Notre Dame. Hicks finds that […]

Eating Well and Eating Ethically

My carrots come from Baden, my beets from Alymer, my flour from Arva, and my quinoa from, well, the grocery store. An article on quinoa from this morning’s Globe and Mail (published yesterday online)¬†reminds health food nuts like me that, like meat-eaters, my favorite foods come at a high cost. For lovers of quinoa, the […]

‘Sugar is Toxic’ – how’s that for a press release title?

Image by Mark Smith from Nature, Feb 1st, 2012.   In some alternative health publications, the suggestion that sugar is a toxic substance would not be a news story, but when you start suggesting in Nature that sugar should be taxed and regulated like tobacco and alcohol – eyebrows raise. Drs. Robert H. Lustig, Laura […]