Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book takes on the largest scientific and ethical challenge of our past and present and does so in an engaging manner." - Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute

"I predict that whole conferences will be based on this book. Historians of environmental sciences should pay particular attention." - Stanislaus J. Dundon, California State University, Sacramento

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123705112
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 2/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The Conduct of Agricultural Science; 3. When Things Go Wrong; 4. An Introduction to Ethics; 5. Moral Confidence in Agriculture; 6. The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture; 7. Agricultural Sustainability; 8. Biotechnology; 9. How to Proceed

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