While the history of philosophy has traditionally given scant attention to food and the ethics of eating, in the last few decades the subject of food ethics has emerged as a major topic, encompassing a wide array of issues, including labor justice, public health, social inequity, animal rights and environmental ethics. This handbook provides a much needed philosophical analysis of the ethical implications of the need to eat and the role that food plays in social, cultural and political life. Unlike other books on the topic, this text integrates traditional approaches to the subject with cutting edge research in order to set a new agenda for philosophical discussions of food ethics.

The Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising over 35 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into 7 parts:

  • the phenomenology of food
  • gender and food
  • food and cultural diversity
  • liberty, choice and food policy
  • food and the environment
  • farming and eating other animals
  • food justice

Essential reading for students and researchers in food ethics, it is also an invaluable resource for those in related disciplines such as environmental ethics and bioethics.

chapter |4 pages


ByMary C. Rawlinson

part |53 pages

The phenomenology of food

chapter |9 pages

What is Food?

Networks, not commodities
ByIleana F. Szymanski

chapter |11 pages

Interactions Between Self, Embodied Identities, and Food

Considering race, class, and gender
ByLisa Jean Moore, Kayla Del Biondo

chapter |11 pages

Metaphoric Determinants of Food and Identity

ByKendall J. Eskine

chapter |10 pages

Food and Technology

ByDavid M. Kaplan

chapter |11 pages

The Ethics of Eating as a Human Organism

ByCaleb Ward

part |31 pages

Gender and food

chapter |11 pages

Women's Work

Ethics, home cooking, and the sexual politics of food
ByMary C. Rawlinson

chapter |10 pages

Meat and the Crisis of Masculinity

ByThomas E. Randall

chapter |9 pages

Understanding Anorexia at the Crossroads of Phenomenology and Feminism

ByCorine Pelluchon, Eva Boodman

part |33 pages

Food and cultural diversity

chapter |10 pages

The Challenges of Dietary Pluralism *

ByEmanuela Ceva, Chiara Testino, Federico Zuolo

chapter |10 pages

Food Security at Risk

A matter of dignity and self-respect *
ByElena Irrera

chapter |12 pages

Indigenous Peoples, Food, and the Environment in Northeast India

BySandra Albert

part |73 pages

Liberty, choice, and food policy

chapter |11 pages

Food Labeling and Free Speech

ByMatteo Bonotti

chapter |10 pages

Food Ethics in an Intergenerational Perspective

ByMichele Loi

chapter |10 pages

Health Labeling

ByMorten Ebbe Juul Nielsen

chapter |9 pages

The Governance of Food

Institutions and policies
ByMichiel Korthals

chapter |11 pages

Food at the Nexus of Bioethics and Biopolitics

ByChristopher Mayes

chapter |10 pages

Obesity and Coercion

ByClement Loo, Robert A. Skipper

chapter |11 pages

Ethical Consumerism

A defense
BySabine Hohl

part |41 pages

Food and the environment

chapter |10 pages

Hungry Because of Change

Food, vulnerability, and climate
ByAlison Reiheld

chapter |8 pages

Biodiversity and Development

ByJohn Vandermeer

chapter |11 pages


ByPaul B. Thompson

chapter |11 pages

Food and Environmental Justice

ByGraeme Sherriff

part |87 pages

Farming and eating other animals

chapter |10 pages

The Ethics of Humane Animal Agriculture

ByJames McWilliams

chapter |11 pages

Confinement Agriculture from a Moral Perspective

The Pew Commission Report
ByBernard E. Rollin

chapter |10 pages

Animal Welfare

ByDavid Fraser

chapter |10 pages

Food, Welfare, and Agriculture

A complex picture
BySimon Jenkins

chapter |10 pages

Animal Rights and Food

Beyond Regan, beyond vegan
ByJosh Milburn

chapter |11 pages

Veganism Without Animal Rights 1

ByGary L. Francione, Anna Charlton

chapter |10 pages

Ritual Slaughtering vs. Animal Welfare

A utilitarian example of (moral) conflict management *
ByFrancesco Ferraro

chapter |14 pages

Seafood Ethics

The normative trials of Neptune's treasure
ByCraig K. Harris

part |111 pages

Food justice

chapter |13 pages

Saving a Dynamic System

Sustainable adaptation and the Balinese subak
ByThomas C. Hilde, Matthew R. G. Regan, Wiwik Dharmiasih

chapter |10 pages

Labor and Local Food

Farmworkers on smaller farms
ByMargaret Gray

chapter |12 pages

Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Renewal, and US Settler Colonialism

ByKyle Powys Whyte

chapter |11 pages

Case Studies of Food Sovereignty Initiatives Among the Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand)

ByKaryn Stein, Miranda Mirosa, Lynette Carter, Marion Johnson

chapter |11 pages

Individual and Community Identity in Food Sovereignty

The possibilities and pitfalls of translating a rural social movement
ByIan Werkheiser

chapter |12 pages

Responsibility for Hunger in Liberal Democracies

ByDavid Reynolds, Miranda Mirosa

chapter |9 pages

Ethics of Food Waste

ByMiranda Mirosa, David Pearson, Rory Pearson

chapter |10 pages

Food Security and Ethics

ByMarko Ahteensuu, Helena Siipi

chapter |11 pages

The New Three-Legged Stool

Agroecology, food sovereignty, and food justice
ByM. Jahi Chappell, Mindi Schneider

chapter |11 pages

Participative Inequalities and Food Justice

ByClement Loo