Foodies and ethics – Prof Rachel Ankeny featured on “The Philosopher’s Zone”

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Prof Rachel Ankeny from the Food Values Research Group and Department of History at the University of Adelaide recently appeared on Radio National’s “The Philosopher’s Zone” discussing food ethics.

The program begins with an interview with philospher Susan Wolf and her defence of ‘foodies’. She argues that an interest in food, and an enjoyment of food pleasures, is as legitimate as other interests.

Rachel joins the program approximately 16 minutes in and describes the ARC Discovery Project “What shall we have for tea: Towards a new discourse of food ethics in contemporary Australia”.

During the interview, Rachel and interviewer Joe Gelonesi discuss how binary values are important in the way we think of ourselves, and how food values have come to be one of the ways people enact identity in comtemporary Australia.

Rachel’s interview lasts for approximately eight and a half minutes.

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