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The Spirit of the Soil challenges environmentalists to think more deeply and creatively about agriculture. Paul B. Thompson identifies four 'worldviews' which tackle agricultural ethics according to different philosophical priorities; productionism, stewardship, economics and holism. He examines current issues such as the use of pesticides and biotechnology from these ethical perspectives. This book achieves an open-ended account of sustainability designed to minimise hubris and help us to recapture the spirit of the soil.
|1||The Ethics of Soil||1|
|2||The Environmental Critics of Agriculture||21|
|3||The Productionist Paradigm||47|
|4||Agricultural Stewardship and the Good Farmer||72|
|5||Calculating the True Cost of Food||94|
|6||The Holistic Alternative||118|