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  1. Michiel Korthals (2012). Emotions, Truths and Meanings Regarding Cattle: Should We Eat Meat? [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4):625-629.
    Emotions, Truths and Meanings Regarding Cattle: Should We Eat Meat? Content Type Journal Article Category Review Paper Pages 1-5 DOI 10.1007/s10806-011-9334-2 Authors Michiel Korthals, Department of Applied Philosophy, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands Journal Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Online ISSN 1573-322X Print ISSN 1187-7863.
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  2. Michiel Korthals & Cristian Timmermann (2012). Reflections on the International Networking Conference “Ethical and Social Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights – Agrifood and Health” Brussels, September 2011. Synesis 3 (1):G66-73.
    Public goods, as well as commercial commodities, are affected by exclusive arrangements secured by intellectual property (IP) rights. These rights serve as an incentive to invest human and material capital in research and development. Particularly in the life sciences, IP rights regulate objects such as food and medicines that are key to securing human rights, especially the right to adequate food and the right to health. Consequently, IP serves private (economic) and public interests. Part of this charge claims that the (...)
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  3. Michiel Korthals & Rixt Komduur (2010). Uncertainties of Nutrigenomics and Their Ethical Meaning. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 (5):435-454.
    Again and again utopian hopes are connected with the life sciences (no hunger, health for everyone; life without diseases, longevity), but simultaneously serious research shows uncertain, incoherent, and ambivalent results. It is unrealistic to expect that these uncertainties will disappear. We start by providing a not exhaustive list of five different types of uncertainties end-users of nutrigenomics have to cope with without being able to perceive them as risks and to subject them to risk-analysis. First, genes connected with the human (...)
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  4. Vincent Pompe & Michiel Korthals (2010). Ethical Room for Maneuver: Playground for the Food Business. Business and Society Review 115 (3):367-391.
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  5. Cristian Timmermann, Henk van den Belt & Michiel Korthals (2010). Climate-Ready GM Crops, Intellectual Property and Global Justice. In Carlos Maria Romeo Casabona, Leire Escajedo San Epifanio & Aitziber Emaldi Cirión (eds.), Global food security: ethical and legal challenges. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 153-158.
    So-called climate-ready GM crops can be of great help in adapting to a changing climate. Climate change, caused in great part by anthropogenic greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution by the developed world, is felt much stronger in the developing world, causing unexpected droughts and floods that will cause large harvest loss, leading to more hunger and malnutrition, rising death tolls and disease vulnerability. The current intellectual property regime (IPR) strikes an unfair balance between profit oriented (...)
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  6. Emily Brady, Isis Brook, Jouni Paavola, Clive L. Spash, Marko Ahteensuu, Helena Siipi, Mohammad Reza Balali, Jozef Keulartz, Michiel Korthals & Ted Benton (2009). Index to Environmental Values Volume 18, 2009. Environmental Values 18:541-544.
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  7. Mohammed Reza Balali, Josef ~Keulartz & Michiel Korthals (2009). Reflexive Water Management in Arid Regions: The Case of Iran. Environmental Values 18 (1):91-112.
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  8. Michiel Korthals (2008). Ethics and Politics of Food: Toward a Deliberative Perspective. Journal of Social Philosophy 39 (3):445-463.
  9. Michiel Korthals (2008). Ethical Rooms for Maneuver and Their Prospects Vis-à-Vis the Current Ethical Food Policies in Europe. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (3):249-273.
    In this paper I want to show that consumer concerns can be implemented in food chains by organizing ethical discussions of conflicting values that include them as participators. First, it is argued that there are several types of consumer concerns about food and agriculture that are multi-interpretable and often contradict each other or are at least difficult to reconcile without considerable loss. Second, these consumer concerns are inherently dynamic because they respond to difficult and complex societal and technological situations and (...)
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  10. Tassos Michalopoulos, Michiel Korthals & Henk Hogeveen (2008). Trading “Ethical Preferences” in the Market: Outline of a Politically Liberal Framework for the Ethical Characterization of Foods. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (1):3-27.
    The absence of appropriate information about imperceptible and ethical food characteristics limits the opportunities for concerned consumer/citizens to take ethical issues into account during their inescapable food consumption. It also fuels trust crises between producers and consumers, hinders the optimal embedment of innovative technologies, “punishes” in the market ethical producers, and limits the opportunities for politically liberal democratic governance. This paper outlines a framework for the ethical characterization and subsequent optimization of foods (ECHO). The framework applies to “imperceptible,” “pragmatic,” and (...)
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  11. Bram de Jonge & Michiel Korthals (2006). Vicissitudes of Benefit Sharing of Crop Genetic Resources: Downstream and Upstream. Developing World Bioethics 6 (3):144–157.
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  12. Michiel Korthals (2003). Do We Need Berlin Walls or Chinese Walls Between Research, Public Consultation, and Advice? New Public Responsibilities for Life Scientists. Journal of Academic Ethics 1 (4):385-395.
    During the coming decades, life scientists will become involved more than ever in the public and private lives of patients and consumers, as health and food sciences shift from a collective approach towards individualization, from a curative to a preventive approach, and from being driven by desires rather than by technology. This means that the traditional relationships between the activities of life scientists – conducting research, advising industry, governments, and patients/consumers, consulting the public, and prescribing products, be it patents, drugs (...)
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  13. Michiel Korthals (2002). The Struggle Over Functional Foods: Justice and the Social Meaning of Functional Foods. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 15 (3):313-324.
    The social and scientific debate overfunctional foods has two focal points: one isthe issue of the reliability andtrustworthiness of the claims connected withfunctional foods. You don't have to be asuspicious person to be skeptical vis-à-visthe rather exorbitant claims of most functionalfoods. They promise prevention against allkinds of illnesses and enhancement ofachievements like memory and vision, withouthaving been tested adequately. The second issueis the issue of the socio-cultural dimension offunctional foods and their so calleddetrimental effect on the social and normativemeanings of (...)
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  14. Michiel Korthals (2001). Taking Consumers Seriously: Two Concepts of Consumer Sovereignty. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 14 (2):201-215.
    Governments, producers, and international free tradeorganizations like the World Trade Organization (WTO) areincreasingly confronted with consumers who not only buy (or don''tbuy) goods, but also demand that those goods are producedconforming to certain ethical (often diverse) standards. Not onlysafety and health belong to these ethical ideals, but animalwelfare, environmental concerns, labor circumstances, and fairtrade. However, this phantom haunts the dusty world of social andpolitical philosophy as well. The new concept ``consumersovereignty'''' bypasses the conceptual dichotomy of consumer andcitizen.According to the narrow (...)
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  15. Wouter van Haaften, Michiel Korthals & Thomas Wren (1999). Response to Charles Bailey. Studies in Philosophy and Education 18 (3):185-187.
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  16. Michiel Korthals (1993). On the Justification of Societal Development Claims. Philosophy and Social Criticism 19 (1):25-41.
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  17. Michiel Korthals (1992). Morality and Cooperation. Journal of Moral Education 21 (1):17-27.
    Abstract Piaget's early theory on moral development and moral education can elucidate some important points in the discussion about a broad or narrow definition of morality and its consequences for educational practice. In the first place, Piaget introduces a concept of morality which transcends the partly misleading dichotomy between broad and narrow morality. Secondly, he conceptualizes the educational relationship as a development of two stages and evades the unfruitful dichotomy between liberal education and transmission of traditions. In this regard, his (...)
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  18. Michiel Korthals (1989). Art and Morality: Critical Theory About the Conflict and Harmony Between Art and Morality. Philosophy and Social Criticism 15 (3):241-251.