The Ethics of Food Irradiation

By Jennifer Hogan


The use of ionizing radiation to sterilize, disinfect, and preserve food is becoming more widespread as technology enables safer irradiation practices; however, public sentiment, wary of the use of radiation, is resisting its implementation. Anti-food irradiation groups believe that there has not been enough study surrounding irradiated food for it to be ethically distributed for consumption. In contrast, pro-food irradiation groups feel that it would be unethical not to irradiate food as the radiation process makes the food safer to eat.

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