Global Perspective: Why Our Food Ethics Don’t Just Impact Us


Did you know that whenever you buy food, you’re assuming a small role in a huge global industry?

As Americans spend more than a trillion dollars on food every year (more than double on both what they spend on motor vehicles– and what the government spends on defense), perhaps it’s no surprise all Americans are being impacted on some level by the pollution that the food industry elicits.

But not only is the food industry affecting many humans– it’s affecting more than fifty billion land animals each year, too. For many of these friendly critters, finding food represents a majority of their waking efforts.

Furthermore, tons of fish and other sea animals get washed up out of the ocean before they’re put in the seafood aisle of your grocery store so our taste buds can get a momentary rush. Essentially, agriculture indirectly– and directly on many occasions– impacts all living creatures.

What we do about the food we eat plays a big role in all of these factors. Because of this, making better food choices should be our top priority. Rather than believing preconceived notions about food without putting in the research, understand that there are many ethical principals involving a healthy diet– and the animal ecosystem– that you should be aware about. 

For one, having the right to know how food is being produced represents an ethical perspective that all Americans should enjoy. Transparency should be an ethical safety valve for American protection against unwanted food practices, and although the idea of transparency doesn’t encompass all morally-achievable principles the food industry hopes to provide to consumers, it certainly can take us one step closer to making improved decisions about the food we’re getting– and just how healthy it really is. 

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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