A growing number of animal ethicists defend new omnivorism—the view that it’s permissible, if not obligatory, to consume certain kinds of animal flesh and products. This book puts defenders of new omnivorism and advocates of strict veganism into conversation with one another to further debate in food ethics in novel and meaningful ways.

The book includes six chapters that defend distinct versions of new omnivorism and six critical responses from scholars who are sympathetic to strict veganism. The contributors debate whether it’s ethically permissible to eat the following: "freegan" meat; roadkill; cultured meat; genetically disenhanced animals; possibly insentient animals, such as insects; and fish. The volume concludes with two chapters that examine strict vegan and new omnivore policies. Presenting readers with clear defenses and criticisms of the various dietary proposals, this book draws attention to the most important ethical challenges facing traditional animal agriculture and alternative systems of food production.

New Omnivorism and Strict Veganism will appeal to scholars and students interested in food ethics, animal ethics, and agricultural ethics.

chapter |13 pages


ByCheryl Abbate, Christopher Bobier

part I|37 pages

The Ethics of Freeganism

chapter 1|18 pages


A (cautious) defense
ByJosh Milburn

chapter 2|17 pages

Is there a freegan challenge to veganism?

ByAndy Lamey

part II|46 pages

The Ethics of Eating Insentient Animals

chapter 3|21 pages


What, if anything, do we owe to insects?
ByAngela K. Martin

chapter 4|23 pages

Don't eat the bugs!

ByMartijn van Loon, Bernice Bovenkerk

part III|31 pages

The Ethics of Eating Cultured Meat

chapter 5|16 pages

In vitro meat, edibility, and moral properties

ByRachel Robison-Greene

chapter 6|13 pages

Against flesh

Why we should eschew (not chew) lab-grown and ‘happy’ meat
ByBen Bramble

part IV|32 pages

The Ethics of Eating Roadkill

chapter 7|16 pages

Harm-based arguments for strict vegetarianism

ByDonald W. Bruckner

chapter 8|14 pages

Why eating roadkill is wrong

New consequentialist and deontological perspectives
ByCheryl Abbate

part V|35 pages

The Ethics of Eating Fish

chapter 9|14 pages

A (begrudging and partial) defense of the fishing industry

ByBob Fischer

chapter 10|19 pages

If you care about anymals, do not fish (or eat fishes) *

ByLisa Kemmerer

part VI|31 pages

The Ethics of Eating Disenhanced Animals

chapter 11|18 pages

For their own good?

The unseen harms of disenhancing farmed animals
BySusana Monsó, Sara Hintze

chapter 12|11 pages

Gene editing to reduce suffering

ByAdam Shriver

part VII|35 pages

Further Thoughts

chapter 13|16 pages

The ethics and politics of meat taxes and bans

Bynico stubler, Jeff Sebo

chapter 14|17 pages

New omnivore policy

Friend or foe of veganism?
ByChristopher Bobier