Justice, negative GHIs, and the consumption of farmed animal products
Elsewhere, I introduced the ‘Global Health Impact’ (GHI) concept as a unit of measurement that
evaluates the effects of human actions on human and nonhuman health (Deckers 2010b, 2011b).
I also argued that the total negative GHIs of our present generation jeopardise unjustiﬁably the
right to health protection that should be possessed by all human beings, including those who will
belong to future generations. Consequently, I argued that our present generation is under a moral
obligation to limit its negative GHIs and that this obligation must be borne primarily by those
who exceed their fair share of negative GHIs. In this article, this incomplete theory of human
justice is used to evaluate which duties might follow from an ethical evaluation of the human
health costs and beneﬁts associated with the consumption of farmed animal products.