Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Cosmopolitanism, Localism and Food

  • Nigel Dower
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_441-1



Cosmopolitanism is the thesis that there are certain universal values and transboundary or global responsibilities toward human beings anywhere. Localism is the thesis that local knowledge, local traditions, and local understandings of what is good for people are important to understanding and promoting well-being in any given locality. In respect to food and agriculture, typically a cosmopolitan is interested in questions like the following: since large numbers of people in the world are hungry or malnourished, what should be done to increase access to food, whether by aid, increased trade, or trade conducted under better rules; with new methods of agriculture; through reduction of food tariffs and other protectionist measures; and so on? Typically in respect to food and agriculture, the localist perspective will emphasize the importance of local knowledge and practical expertise and local...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy, School of Divinity, History and PhilosophyUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenScotland, UK