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Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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Asian Cuisine: Ethical Considerations

  • Walter F. CarrollAffiliated withSociology, Bridgewater State University Email author 


Asian Food; Religious Aspects Vegeterianism


Numerous factors shape decisions about what to eat, including region and geography, nationality, social class, ethnicity, and – central to this piece – ethical considerations.

Ethical belief systems influence not only what people eat or do not eat, but also how people eat and who they eat with. Other food and cuisine-related issues having ethical implications include hunger and food security, shifting diets and their repercussions, and sustainability.

This piece focuses on South Asia, especially India, and East Asia, primarily China, Japan, and Korea. China has some of the world’s oldest cuisines which have had an enormous impact on other countries – especially in East Asia – in terms of ethical/religious belief systems and their impact on food. I also briefly consider mainland Southeast Asia, especially in terms of the influence of India or China. This omits large areas of Asia, such as the so-called Middle East and other ar ...

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