Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen


267 Pages

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The ethics of consumption

the citizen, the market and the law

Edited by

Helena Röcklinsberg, Per Sandin

We are all consumers. What we consume, how, and how much, has consequences of great moral importance for humans, animals, and the environment. Great challenges lie ahead as we are facing population growth and climate change and reduced availability of fossil fuels. It is often argued that key to meeting those challenges is changing consumption patterns among individual as well as institutions, for instance through reducing meat consumption, switching to organic or fair trade products, boycotting or 'buycotting' certain products, orconsuming less overall. There is considerable disagreement regarding how to bring this about, whose responsibility it is, and even whether it is desirable. Is it a question of political initiatives, producer responsibility, the virtues and vices of individual consumers in the developed world, or something else? Many of these issues pose profound intellectual challenges at the intersection of ethics, political philosophy, economics, and several other fields. This publication brings together contributions from scholars in numerous disciplines, including philosophy, law, economics, sociology and animal welfare, who explore the theme of 'the ethics of consumption' from different angles.

Publication details

DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-784-4

Full citation:

Röcklinsberg, H. , Sandin, P. (eds) (2013). The ethics of consumption: the citizen, the market and the law, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen.

Table of Contents

Economization of animals

Miele M.


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The virtue of simplicity

Cafaro P.; Gambrel J.


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Impacts of sustainability labels on consumers' purchasing decisions for fish

Buergelt D.; Christoph-Schulz I. B.; Salamon P.; Weible D.


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Food for good

Kallio G.


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Who owns hazard?

Robaey Z.


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Category management in Swedish food retail

Rotter J. P.; Airike P. -E.; Mark-Herbert C.


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Consumer perspectives on ethics in garment consumption

Jönsson J.; Wätthammar T.; Mark-Herbert C.


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Crop protection in horticulture

Buurma J. S.; Beekman V.


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Food consumerism in today's China

Andersen Øyen S.


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The relevance of sustainability for the consumer in a food context

Vanhonacker F.; Van Loo E. J.; Gellynck X.; Verbeke W.


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Animal welfare labelling

Pirscher F.


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The gullible consumer in eu food law

Huizing Edinger W. W.


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Ethics and consumerism

Dias Simões F.


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The choice that disappeared

Gjerris M.; Saxe H.


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Green food consumption

Meisch S.


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The consumer does not exist

Aerts S.


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Consumer citizenship

Kallhoff A.


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Getting the message across

Schleenbecker R.; Hamm U.


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Closer to nature

Borkfelt S.; Kondrup S.; Gjerris M.


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Comfort, health and production

Silva S.; Borlido Santos J.


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The welfare of dairy cattle

Ventura B. A.; Weary D. M.


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Gnawing doubt

Ursin L.


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Large scale insect rearing and animal welfare

De Goede D. M.; Erens J.; Kapsomenou E.; Peters M.


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Beneath the surface

Bernice Bovenkerk; F. L. B. Meijboom;


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In awe of fish?

Driessen C P G


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Fish welfare, environment and food security

Anthony R.; Gjerris M.; Röcklinsberg Helena


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