Agriculture's ethical horizon by Robert L Zimdahl

By Robert L Zimdahl

This state of the art and maybe debatable e-book explores the ethics of agriculture and contemplates how our present ethical stance could form our destiny. Preface; 1. creation; 2. The behavior of Agricultural technological know-how; three. whilst issues get it wrong; four. An advent to Ethics; five. ethical self assurance in Agriculture; 6. The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture; 7. Agricultural Sustainability; eight. Biotechnology; nine. find out how to continue

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21). In fact, myth and science are like first cousins who strongly resemble each other and passionately hate the resemblance (Alexie, 2003). Agriculture’s practitioners seem to be so preoccupied with the vision of the necessity, indeed the responsibility, of continuing to increase production so the world’s people will be fed that they do not pause to reflect on means (Midgley, 2002, p. 36). To properly criticize alternative visions of agriculture’s present and its future: “we need to compare those visions, to articulate them more clearly, to be aware of changes in them, to think them through so as to see what they commit us to.

Selection among alternative scientific approaches to a problem involves a value judgment and scientists cannot escape their humanity, which influences all activities, including scientific ones. ” Such procedures, the essence of science, have not been shown to include any value judgments. Ergo, the scientific method is (must be) free of value judgments (a value claim). Scientists when engaged in the scientific enterprise strive diligently to omit personal idiosyncrasies and value judgments from the conduct of science (Rudner, 1953).

Gallopin et al. assert that our understanding of the world has changed because modern science has made us aware of the behavior of complex systems, especially of their unpredictability. Surprise is part of the world’s reality at the microscopic and macroscopic level. Scientists are coming to understand that ecology, in all its grand complexity, is a more important science then economics (Midgley, 2002, p. 188). Economics, including agricultural economics, has a role to play in measuring agriculture’s future, but limiting definition of that role to economic analysis based on efficient use of resources is too limited because it ignores the human dimension of agriculture (Dundon, 2003, see Chapter 4).

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