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Food labels, autonomy, and the right (not) to know

Bonotti, Matteo 2014. Food labels, autonomy, and the right (not) to know. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 24 (4) , pp. 301-321. 10.1353/ken.2014.0032

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Food labelling has been overlooked in the emerging body of literature concerning the normative dimensions of food and drink policies. In this paper, I argue that arguments normally advanced in bioethics and medical ethics regarding the “right to know” and the “right not to know” can provide useful normative guidelines for critically assessing existing and proposed food labelling regimes. More specifically, I claim that food labelling ought to respect the legitimate interests and the autonomy of both consumers who seek knowledge about their food in order to make informed dietary choices and consumers who prefer to remain ignorant about the contents and effects of their food in order to avoid the emotional and psychological harm, or more simply the loss of enjoyment, which may result from receiving that information

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 1054-6863
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 02:14

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