By Robert L Zimdahl
What are the targets of agricultural technology? What should still the pursuits of agricultural technology be? How do and the way may still the practitioners of agriculture tackle advanced moral questions? those questions are explored during this huge publication in order that these in agriculture will commence an open dialoge at the ethics of agriculture.
Discussion of foundational values, of why we perform agriculture as we do, may still develop into a primary, instead of peripheral, a part of agricultural perform and schooling. If agricultural scientists don't enterprise forth to appreciate and form the moral base of the longer term, it will likely be imposed via others. principally autobiographical, this e-book covers subject matters resembling medical fact and fable, what agricultural examine may be performed, an advent to ethics, ethical self belief in agriculture, the relevance of ethics to agriculture, sustainability, and biotechnology.
- Written by way of a professional who has been engaged in agricultural schooling and learn for over 35 years
- Content is definitely comprehensible through non-philosophers
- The suggestions of clinical fact and fable are contrasted and in comparison
- Chapter sidebars spotlight vital innovations and will be used to interact scholars in additional dialogue
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We are the master manipulators of the environment. We live where we want and eat what we want when we want it. But the modern, very successful agricultural system is beyond the comprehension of most citizens. They feel removed from the source of their food, which has become just another commodity. Do farmers grow food or just a commodity to sell? Many agriculturalists will say it is the latter and, if that is so, is it wrong to ask if people eat food or just another commodity they buy? Our technological triumphs in agriculture have produced an environment and a food supply we no longer trust.
This can only be achieved when “we allow only those factors relevant to the assessment” of scientific “fact and truth to influence ... , to influence the choice of experiments and theories, scientific truth will be corrupted. 22 Agriculture’s Ethical Horizon Therefore, in this view, the scientist qua scientist must in the scientific intellectual domain absolutely exclude all human value considerations. “Empirical success or failure alone must decide the fate of scientific theories” (Maxwell, 1992) and of each experiment.
Agriculture's Ethical Horizon by Robert L Zimdahl