The ethics of consumption

The citizen, the market and the law

  • Editors
  • Helena Röcklinsberg
  • Per Sandin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-17
  2. Keynote contributions

  3. Market and policy

  4. Labelling and market forces

  5. Legal issues in food production and consumption

  6. Citizenship and consumers

  7. Animal husbandry and innovative meat production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. S. Silva, M. Magalhães-Sant’Ana, J. Borlido Santos, I. A. S. Olsson
      Pages 209-214
    3. A. Wallenbeck, T. Ahlman, L. Rydhmer, H. Rocklinsberg
      Pages 215-220
    4. B. A. Ventura, M. A. G. von Keyserlingk, D. M. Weary
      Pages 221-224
    5. D. M. De Goede, J. Erens, E. Kapsomenou, M. Peters
      Pages 236-242
  8. Animal philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. B. Bovenkerk, F. L. B. Meijboom
      Pages 245-250
    3. R. Anthony, M. Gjerris, H. Röcklinsberg
      Pages 257-262

About this book


We are all consumers. What we consume, how, and how much, has consequences of great moral importance for humans, animals, and the environment. Great challenges lie ahead as we are facing population growth and climate change and reduced availability of fossil fuels. It is often argued that key to meeting those challenges is changing consumption patterns among individual as well as institutions, for instance through reducing meat consumption, switching to organic or fair trade products, boycotting or 'buycotting' certain products, or consuming less overall. There is considerable disagreement regarding how to bring this about, whose responsibility it is, and even whether it is desirable. Is it a question of political initiatives, producer responsibility, the virtues and vices of individual consumers in the developed world, or something else? Many of these issues pose profound intellectual challenges at the intersection of ethics, political philosophy, economics, and several other fields. This publication brings together contributions from scholars in numerous disciplines, including philosophy, law, economics, sociology and animal welfare, who explore the theme of 'the ethics of consumption' from different angles.

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