Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 931–948 | Cite as

Technology as Responsibility: Failure, Food Animals, and Lab-grown Meat

  • Wyatt GaluskyEmail author


As we become more aware of the various problems associated with technologically mediated meat production (e.g., the lives of the animals, the human health effects of consuming meat, the ecological impacts of large-scale animal farming), we also confront a variety of technologically mediated potential fixes (e.g., in vitro meat technologies). Rather than comparing bad and good technologies in the context of meat, I want instead to explore the dynamics of the human-animal relationships expressed within specific approaches. This method, I suggest, illustrates the technological aspects of the relationships, which reflect an orientation to the world (in the form of the animal body and the surrounding ecologies) that mediates human interaction with the environment. It also helps to show that the more we try to take responsibility for those bodies—in terms of knowledge, in terms of energy—the more we require the environment to reflect our conditions and the less tolerant we become of failure.


Meat Agriculture Technology In vitro meat Responsibility Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science, Technology and Society ProgramMorrisville State CollegeMorrisvilleUSA

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