Dr. David Kaplan - "Whats Wrong With Food Additives?" talk at UT Dallas

Join us for dinner at Bambu at 6pm and a talk by UNT professor Dr. David Kaplan at 7:30.

From the UT Dallas website

"David Kaplan - Whats Wrong With Food Additives? Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Ticket: Free
Season: 2013-14

David M. Kaplan, director of the Philosophy of Food Project at the University of North Texas, is particularly interested in the convergence of food and technology. He has published articles on genetically modified food, functional food, processed foods, and artificial ingredients. Kaplan is the editor of Philosophy of Food (University of California Press, 2012), co-editor with Paul Thompson of the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics (Springer, 2014), and currently working a book entitled Food Philosophy (Columbia University Press).      

The industrialized West knows what it is like to read a long list of unrecognizable ingredients on our food packaging. Yet something seems intuitively wrong with consuming ingredients you have to struggle to pronounce. Few of us desire artificial ingredients in our food, especially considering that some food additives might pose health risks (and should probably be avoided). However, not all food additives pose health risks. Even familiar ingredients, like vitamin C and baking powder, are considered food additives. Should they be avoided as well? Is it always better to choose foods with no additives? Are there such things as ‘natural’ food additives? What exactly is wrong with food additives and which additives should we be concerned about? Kaplan’s talk will focus on unraveling these questions."

Please indicate in your RSVP whether or not you'll join us for dinner.

UTD parking info here: http://www.utdallas.edu/parking/visitor-information.html

Note: It might go without saying that Professor Kaplan will be presenting his own views, not those of FoFD, UTD, UNT or perhaps even anyone else.  This topic can be a controversial one, even in the freethought community.  Anyone who doesn't like such controversy is of course welcome not to come.


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  • Joel

    How was the talk? Sotty I had to miss it.
    Did he talk mostly about sweetners or did he cover preservatives and colorant issues too?

    February 27

  • Joel

    I have to miss the dinner part after all, due to an IBD meeting.

    February 26

  • Aafke

    It's too late for us to get there on time now :(

    February 26

  • Justin

    Mark, yes, that's right where Bambu is, though I think there might be one or two tiny shops between Bambu and QDoba's. If you see QDoba's you're very close.

    Aafke, no tickets are needed. You can just show up. If you're driving though, you may need to stop at the UTD visitor center to get a parking pass -- otherwise you might get the sort of "ticket" you really don't want. Tammy and I have a parking pass already, and some folks may carpool with us from the restaurant.

    Will, I read an earlier draft of the paper he'll be presenting, and it didn't seem terrible on the science though he does discuss (without endorsing) some arguments both pro and con that aren't all that empirically well grounded. But that was probably bound to happen as he tried to survey the various arguments available to each side. I'm as allergic to psuedo-science as the next free-thinker, but I found the paper thought-provoking and worth considering, and Kaplan's certainly interested in the actual science.

    February 26

  • Aafke

    Are there still tickets for this event? How can you get them? I can't find out at the UT website.

    February 26

  • Mark

    I believe Bambu restaurant is on the southeast corner of the Coit & Campbell intersection (adjacent to Qdoba's, I think).

    February 24

  • Will W.

    My pseudoscience detector is starting to go off.

    February 2

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