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A Values Framework for Evaluating Alienation in Off-Earth Food Systems

Schwartz, Elliot and Soma, Tammara and Andersen, Holly (2023) A Values Framework for Evaluating Alienation in Off-Earth Food Systems. Food Ethics (23).

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Abstract

Given the technological constraints of long-duration space travel and planetary
settlement, off-Earth humans will likely need to employ food systems very different from their
terrestrial counterparts, and newly emerging food technologies are being developed that will
shape novel food systems in these off-Earth contexts. Projected off-Earth food systems may
therefore potentially “alienate” their users in new ways compared to Earth-based food systems.
They will be susceptible to alienation in ways that are similar to such potential on Earth, where
there are points of overlap between off-Earth food systems and any of the multitudes of ways in
which food systems on Earth are structured. They will also be susceptible to new forms of
alienation, as we encounter scenarios that are genuinely structurally novel to humanity. These are
especially important to consider since there are comparatively fewer analyses of these food
systems where they differ from existing ones. We propose five non-exhaustive sources of value
beyond nutrition our individual relationships with a food may possess: gustatory, social, cultural,
epistemic, and authorial value. Using these, we offer examples of ways in which an off-Earth
food system may exacerbate or alleviate alienation for humans in long-term off-Earth food
systems.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Schwartz, Ellioteschwartz@gradcenter.cuny.edu0009-0004-9876-0098
Soma, Tammaratammara_soma@sfu.ca0000-0002-4273-1165
Andersen, Hollyholly_andersen@sfu.ca0000-0002-7950-8186
Keywords: alienation; space-based food systems; epistemic; authorial; gustatory; social/cultural value
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Holly Andersen
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2023 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 11:28
Item ID: 22561
Journal or Publication Title: Food Ethics
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41055-023-00133-7
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Environmental Science
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 13 September 2023
Number: 23
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22561

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