Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

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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.
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0123705118
  • 9780123705112
  • 2,148,120

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Horizon of Agricultural Ethics

Chapter 2: The Conduct of Agricultural Science

Chapter 3: When Things Go Wrong-Balancing Technology's Safety and Risk

Chapter 4: An Introduction to Ethics

Chapter 5: Moral Confidence in Agriculture

Chapter 6: The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture and Weed Science

Chapter 7: Agricultural Sustainability

Chapter 8: Biotechnology

Chapter 9: How to Proceed

Index
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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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About Robert L. Zimdahl

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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