For Paper 2, I plan to use the Whole Foods Harvard Business Case and explore the role of ethics in the food industry. In order to find a book I could potentially use for Paper 2, I initially tried to find “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the heroic spirit of business,” a book written by John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods. Since the library didn’t have it and I would like to use it as a source for me paper, I requested an interlibrary loan. I then used Google Scholar to search for Mackey’s novel and attempted to find books that cited his book. Unfortunately I only found online articles.
Lastly I searched “obesity and fast food” in the online library catalog and found the book, “Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America’s Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It” by Kelly Brownell and Katherine Horgen. Both Horgen and Brownell have their Ph.D and Brownwell is the Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorder. Although the book doesn’t explicitly discuss ethics in the food industry, it sheds light on the obesity epidemic in America (when the book was written in 2004, it stated that 65% of America is obese).
If you want to look further into this number, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention –definitely worth taking a look at. “Food Fight” makes an interesting comparison between food and tobacco regulations–something that I have never considerd but that is certainly true: “The food industry now stands at a critical juncture and may wish to benefit from lessons learned by tobacco. If the tobacco industry had instituted a monitoring process years ago in collaboration with health and public policy experts, the severe blows they have suffered might have been anticipated and some constructive, alternative plan developed.”