Why eat ethically?
And, deciding to eat humanely will go a long way to realising this goal.
What does ethical mean?
Let’s look at the definition of ethical.
Ethical means ‘relating to moral principles.’
What does moral mean?
Moral means ‘concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour.’
What is right, and what is wrong?
Deciding on what may be right or wrong has caused untold misery in the world.
Right behaviour means trying to cause no harm.
And, what is harm
Harm is physical or mental damage or injury.
What does it mean to eat ethically?
So, to eat ethically, the animal, plant or mineral should not have been damaged or injured physically or mentally … and neither should the eater.
In fact, to be absolutely purist:
Ethical eating means sourcing food and eating it in ways that will not cause damage or injury, either physically or mentally, to either the source of the food or the eater, and also that the source of the food has had the best possible life and most humane death.
This is a tall order.
And quite impossible.
In order to stay alive and eat ethically, we will have to change our definition, and the best I can come up with is:
Ethical eating means sourcing food and eating it in ways that will cause the least damage or injury, either physically or mentally, to either the source of the food or the eater, and also that the source of the food has had the best possible life and most humane death.
Obviously, the limits and definition of ‘least harm’ are going to be very subjective. In my posts I will give my personal thoughts on this point, and leave it to you to make up your own mind.
I think we can work with this. What do you think? Do you have any better thoughts?
I will be using this definition in future posts to gauge whether or not certain foods are ethical.