Acme Weed Killer

May 27, 2012

Just in case anyone was wondering why an ethicist would get invited to participate in a weed summit, I thought I would take the opportunity to explain it this week in my usual manner. That is, I’ll get around to it after chasing several only vaguely relevant rabbits down their respective rabbit holes, [...]

One Last Reason I Didn't Write to the Times

April 29, 2012

If all has gone according to plan, I’m headed to Verona today in order to catch my flight back home after attending a project meeting on animal biotechnology and visiting a Green Mountain study abroad group in Merano. I write in this curiously oblique way because I’m using the WordPress scheduling feature to [...]


January 22, 2012

None of this political speculation on the race for the Republican nominee for us! I’m sure both of my regular readers could care less about Newt and Mitt (sounds like a comic strip, don’t it?). My readers woke up this morning wondering who the next food ethics icon would be. My tendency would [...]

تحتل الشوارع

October 16, 2011

Sometimes my peripatetic ways give me an interesting angle on things. I was overseas a couple of weeks ago and during a few of the inevitable hours I spent in my room at the century-old Rôtes Ross hotel in Halle I explored the 100+ channels available on the television set. Only three were [...]

Ich Bin Ein Berliner

Oct. 2, 2011

Bored out of my gizzard with icons, I decided to impose a bit more carbon debt on my children, their children and their chlidren’s children (not to mention their grandchildren and their grandchildren) so I could enjoy at least one more beer al fresco before the autumn gets here in earnest. Thinking why [...]

Mark Bittman

September 4, 2011

Newspapers, magazines and television are ramping up for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It’s shaping up to be a major community-building moment for Americans. I take this seriously, but I haven’t been able to come up with any plausible angle that ties in with the Thornapple Blog. I may have shot [...]

Sheep Mountain

June 26, 2011

I celebrated the Aestival solstice last Tuesday with a brief stop at the turnout where the road up Sheep Mountain in the Badlands National Park turns into a track for four-wheel drive vehicles only. We were in a mini-van and with a thunderstorm already visible across the prairie to the west, it seemed [...]

Memorial Day Salute

May 29, 2011

I’m going to take a time-out from food and philosophy this Memorial Day weekend to honor those who serve in the United States Armed Services, past and present. I was attending the Society for Philosophy and Technology meetings this week and I heard several fascinating presentations on the way that technology is changing [...]

Pig Tales

April 10, 2011

Laurie Thorp was at the Thompson household last Sunday explaining “Why my bacon is better than your bacon,” or more to the point, some of the things that are going on at MSU’s student organic farm. The event was part of the “Diane Presents…” forum that she has been organizing as an adjunct [...]

Ride That Pony Fast

February 27, 2011

As threatened last week, I’ve been out there riding airplanes again. It’s a little after 6:00 AM in Europe and I’m sitting in the KLM Crown Lounge in Amsterdam where I was presenting a paper called “The Fundamental Problem in Food Ethics.”

Simply put, when food prices go up—and right now they are up, [...]