Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (4):457-466 (2009)

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Lori Gruen
Wesleyan University
William Ruddick
New York University
Abstract
In the late 1960s Van Rensselaer Potter, a biochemist and cancer researcher, thought that our survival was threatened by the domination of military policy makers and producers of material goods ignorant of biology. He called for a new field of Bioethics—“a science of survival.” Bioethics did develop, but with a narrower focus on medical ethics. Recently there have been attempts to broaden that focus to bring biomedical ethics together with environmental ethics. Though the two have many differences—in habits of thought, scope of concern, and value commitments—in this paper we argue that they often share common cause and we identify common ground through an examination of two case studies, one addressing drug development, the other food production.
Keywords Environmental and biomedical ethics  Factory farming  Sustainability  Taxol
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DOI 10.1007/s11673-009-9198-6
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