The Ethics of Intensification: Agricultural Development and Cultural Change / Edition 1

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This volume was written in response to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Series of Ethics Papers that broached a series of previously neglected issues in international agricultural development. The volume contains a diverse collection of highly respected international scholars offer comments and elaboration on the FAO papers on the ethics of agricultural intensification and on intensification in animal agriculture. The full text of the FAO intensification paper is followed by chapters that mount specific reactions to its relevance for agricultural technology, environmental protection, globalization and animal welfare, and these four topics are further discussed, debated and elaborated by eight commentary chapters. Questions of agricultural development policy are addressed in terms of the relevance to farmers, consumers and other interested parties, as well as from key disciplinary and philosophical approaches. The rationale and purpose behind the FAO papers is explained and suggestions are offered on how to make ethics more central to programming and planning for agricultural development projects.

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“The book helpful in the multiple overviews it provided of the major fault lines that exist in mainstream ethical theory. … for anyone who requires an accessible survey of recent ethical and political controversies in agriculture. … it is rich enough in detail and theoretical depth that I could also recommend it as a textbook for higher level university courses in fields that deal with such issues in greater detail. … to all those interested in the subject of the philosophy of technology … .” (James B. Gerrie, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 22, 2009)

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Introduction: The Ethics of Agricultural Intensification: An Interdisciplinary and International Paul B. Thompson, Editor, Michigan State University

Chapter 1 – The ethics of sustainable agricultural intensification FAO Ethics Series

Chapter 2 – Doing Ethics in Food and Agriculture Clive Stannard, FAO Commission of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Chapter 3 – History, Ethics, and Intensification in Agriculture John H. Perkins, The Evergreen State College and Rachael Jamison, Washington State

Chapter 4 – One Hundred Years of Agricultural Intensification: A Personal History of Unanswered Ethical Issues—1890-2004 Allan Schmid, Michigan State University

Chapter 5 – Two Battles in the History of Agriculture: Against Hunger and Against Alternatives Comments on John Perkins and Rachael Jamison’ History, Ethics and Intensification in Agriculture Michiel Korthals, Wageningen Animal Veterinary Research Institute

Chapter 6 – Agriculture Intensification from the Perspective of Development Ethics Luis Camacho, University of Costa Rica

Chapter 7 – Comments On Luis Camacho, "Agriculture Intensification from the Perspective of Development Ethics" Stephen L. Esquith, Michigan State University

Chapter 8 – Agricultural Intensification: Some Human Rights Issues John Otieno Ouko, Michigan State University

Chapter 9 – Environmental Ethics and Agricultural Intensification Clare Palmer, Washington University, St. Louis

Chapter 10 – Agricultural Intensification and the Environment Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University

Chapter 11 – Agricultural Intensification, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability: Some Ethical Observations Nigel Dower, University of Aberdeen

Chapter 12 – Animal Welfare and the Intensification of Animal Production David Fraser, University of British Columbia

Chapter 13 – Re-thinking the Ethics of Intensification for Animal Agriculture:Comments on David Fraser, "Animal Welfare and the Intensification of Animal Production" Peter Sandøe, Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment, The Danish Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University

Chapter 14 – Farm Welfare: A Systemic Challenge Richard Bawden, University of Western Sydney

Chapter 15 – Ethics in Agricultural Change: Questions and Proposals for Development Processes Andrew Dorward, Imperial College London, Wye Campus

List of Conference Participants;



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