It's time to talk about the ethics of food

  • Article by: STEPHEN B. YOUNG and JEANETTE LEEHR
  • Updated: October 18, 2009 - 5:56 PM

Focus on food: Our diet is often unhealthy, leading to obesity and other health problems. And we need to start thinking about the environmental costs of our meals.

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ranger1873Oct. 18, 09 7:12 PM

...why don't we talk about why we're putting food in our cars in the form of government-subsidized ethanol instead of using it to feed hungry people?

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the_vfoxOct. 18, 09 7:21 PM

the business section turn into the editorial section?? Another loon way off base to boot.

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ammunraOct. 18, 0911:40 PM

Our fundamental problem is that cost of living has greatly outpaced wages in recent decades. As people have to work longer hours and have dual incomes to support a household, there is less time and desire available to spend cooking. The proliferation of fast food and oven/microwave-ready meals loaded with empty calories, fats, and preservatives have enabled people working longer hours to avoid spending more energy and time fixing a healthful meal. The results are apparent.

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dodgersjbOct. 18, 0911:51 PM

why don't first we stop paying farmers NOT to grow anything on their land before we start the bandwagon on what to do with it???

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EbuddyOct. 19, 09 7:26 AM

Why don't we let people CHOOSE the way that they live instead of cramming down a different lifestyle that others think is how they should live?

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stacypOct. 19, 09 9:31 AM

I believe that food companies have a responsibility to offer healthy options - such as whole grains, vegetables, low sodium, low sugar, etc. But they should still offer the bad stuff - what would a birthday party be without cake for example, or cookies during the holidays. People can make their own choices!

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lflor1130Oct. 19, 0910:22 AM

This "report" is a magnificent example of why the Star eventually going to go belly up. Is this really a business article? Or more of their behavior modification crap. Can we stretch any further? Green food? What the hell is this? More competitive with other nations? I have only 5 words...crap, crap and more crap. Maybe their next article will be about how pooping twice a day, rather than once a day will spread the load on or sewage systems over a longer time period, reduce the infrastucture costs and again make us more competitive other contries.

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McIanAvelliOct. 19, 09 1:04 PM

Okay the questions are on the table, but what to do with them. This article's premise is that food companies CONTROL what we eat. How about some education? If we, the people, had adequate access to good information about what we eat, why we should/should not eat a particular diet, then we would make better choices. And business WOULD respond to that.

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moffittOct. 20, 09 9:49 AM

No one is going hungry because of ethanol, ranger1873.

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