Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

ISBN-10: 0124160433
ISBN-13: 9780124160439
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication date: 1/30/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

What are the goals of agricultural science? What should the goals of agricultural science be? How do and how should the practitioners of agriculture address complex ethical questions? These questions are explored in this monumental book so that those in agriculture will begin an open dialoge on the ethics of agriculture.Discussion of foundational values, of why we practice agriculture as we do, should become a central, rather than peripheral, part of agricultural practice and education. If agricultural scientists do not venture forth to understand and shape the ethical base of the future, it will be imposed by others. Largely autobiographical, this book covers topics such as scientific truth and myth, what agricultural research should be done, an introduction to ethics, moral confidence in agriculture, the relevance of ethics to agriculture, sustainability, and biotechnology.* Written by an expert who has been engaged in agricultural education and research for over 35 years* Content is easily understandable by non-philosophers* The concepts of scientific truth and myth are contrasted and compared* Chapter sidebars highlight important concepts and can be used to engage students in further discussion* Companion website will accompany the book with further teaching aids and a discussion board

Robert L. Zimdahl is a Professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Oregon State University. Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Zimdahl was elected a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America in 1986 and currently serves as editor of that society's journal, Weed Science. He has been a member of several international task forces and has authored a number of books and articles on the subject of weed science.

Foreword-First Edition
Foreword-Second Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments-First Edition
Acknowledgments-Second Edition
The Horizon of Agricultural Ethics
Scientific Truth and Myth
The Conduct of Agricultural Science
What Research Ought to Be Done?
When Things Go Wrong-Balancing Technology's Safety and Risk
The Development of Herbicides
Progress of Weed Science
Challenges
The Continuing Debate
A Brief Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Ethical Theories
Science and Emotion
Universal Values
Ethics in Agriculture
Contemporary Normative Ethics
Ethical Theories Relevant to Agriculture
Ethical Egoism
Social Contract Theory
Virtue Ethics
Deontological or Kantian Ethics
Utilitarianism
Applying Ethics in Agriculture and Agricultural Science
Multiple Strategies Utilitarianism
Moral Confidence in Agriculture
The Benefits and Costs of Modern Agriculture
Goals for Agriculture
Social Goals for Agriculture
Environmental Goals for Agriculture
Expanding Agriculture's Moral Scope
The Utilitarian Standard
The Relevance of the Western Agricultural Model
Bottom-line Thinking
Sustainability
Conclusion
The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture and Weed Science
Agricultural Sustainability
The Present Agricultural Situation: The Example of Weed Management
The Moral Case for Sustainability
What is Sustainability?
Why must Sustainability be Achieved?
A Concluding Comment About Sustainable Weed Science
Biotechnology
The Debate
Technological Problems
Regulation
Arguments in Favor of Agricultural Biotechnology
Arguments Opposed to Agricultural Biotechnology
Feeding the World
Harm to Human Health
Harm to the Environment
Transgenic Technology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
The Role of Large Companies
The Moral Arguments
Labeling and Biotechnology in the US and the EU
Effects on Family Farms
Academic-Industry Relationships
Transgenic Pharming
The Precautionary Principle
Alternative/Organic Agricultural Systems
Characteristics of Alternative/Organic Systems
The Farmers and Productivity
Transition and Advantages
Ethical Problems
Animal Agriculture
Western Thought and the Line
A Person
Arguments in Support of Animal Agriculture
Arguments Against Animal Agriculture
Animal Biotechnology
A New Technology
A Final Word
A Glimpse Ahead
Six Important Issues/Problems/Matters of Concern
Agricultural Production/Soil Erosion/and Desertification
Depletion of Water Resources
Climate Change
Pollution
Loss of Farmers
Population
Dominant Scientific Myths
The Myth of Infinite Benefit
The Myth that Science and Scientists are Value Free
The Myth of Unfettered Research
The Myth of Accountability
The Myth of Authoritativeness
The Myth of the Endless Frontier
Production and Ethics
The Imperative of Responsibility
Finding Partners
Mission Statements
The Role of the University
Sustainability as a Goal
Conclusion

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