Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Ethics and Food Taste

  • Sanna Hirvonen
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_70-8



When people choose what to eat, one of the main reasons is the taste of the food. Many people in the world do not have much choice in their diets given their poverty, but in the Western world, the average consumer enjoys an overwhelming variety of affordable foods. The focus of this entry is the role of taste in the food choices of those who do have a choice. With more choices comes more responsibility; deciding what to eat has a moral dimension as well since food choices have an enormous impact on the agent’s health, the environment, and the well-being of other humans and animals.

The core puzzle posed by taste is its involvement in the most common and ubiquitous cases of what look like weakness of will. Many people find certain foods morally bad because of their presumed or genuinely harmful consequences. For example, one might intend to become a...


Moral Reason Food Choice Moral Agency Moral Belief Moral Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity College LondonLondonUK