Agriculture's Ethical Horizon - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123705112, 9780080461120

Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

1st Edition

Authors: Robert L Zimdahl
Paperback ISBN: 9780123705112
eBook ISBN: 9780080461120
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th February 2006
Page Count: 272
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Description

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: The Horizon of Agricultural Ethics
    • Publisher Summary
    • SCIENTIFIC TRUTH AND MYTH
  • Chapter 2: The Conduct of Agricultural Science
    • Publisher Summary
    • WHAT RESEARCH OUGHT TO BE DONE?
  • Chapter 3: When Things Go Wrong—Balancing Technology’s Safety and Risk
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE DEVELOPMENT OF HERBICIDES
    • PROGRESS OF WEED SCIENCE
    • CHALLENGES
    • THE CONTINUING DEBATE
  • Chapter 4: An Introduction to Ethics
    • Publisher Summary
    • SCIENCE AND EMOTION
    • UNIVERSAL VALUES
    • ETHICS IN AGRICULTURE
    • CONTEMPORARY NORMATIVE ETHICS
    • ETHICAL THEORIES RELEVANT TO AGRICULTURE
    • APPLYING ETHICS IN AGRICULTURE AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
  • Chapter 5: Moral Confidence in Agriculture
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF MODERN AGRICULTURE
    • GOALS FOR AGRICULTURE
    • EXPANDING AGRICULTURE’S MORAL SCOPE
    • CONCLUSION
  • Chapter 6: The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture and Weed Science
    • Publisher Summary
  • Chapter 7: Agricultural Sustainability
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE PRESENT AGRICULTURAL SITUATION: THE EXAMPLE OF WEED MANAGEMENT
    • THE MORAL CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
    • WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
    • WHY MUST SUSTAINABILITY BE ACHIEVED?
    • A CONCLUDING COMMENT ON SUSTAINABLE WEED SCIENCE
  • Chapter 8: Biotechnology
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE DEBATE
    • TECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
    • REGULATION
    • ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
    • ARGUMENTS OPPOSED TO AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
    • THE MORAL ARGUMENTS
  • Chapter 9: How to Proceed
    • Publisher Summary
    • WATER LOGGING AND SALINIZATION
    • DESERTIFICATION
    • DEPLETION OF WATER RESOURCES
    • SOIL EROSION
    • POLLUTION
    • LOSS OF FARMERS
    • POPULATION GROWTH
    • DOMINANT SCIENTIFIC MYTHS
    • MISSION STATEMENTS
    • THE ROLE OF THE UNIVERSITY
    • SUSTAINABILITY AS A GOAL
    • CONCLUSION
  • Index

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

Anyone engaged in agriculture including students, researchers, and professionals in environmental studies, horticulture, plant science, and soil science. Those involved in associated regional and county offices, farmers and ranchers, agricultural chemical companies, and all those employed by other phases of the agricultural industry.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: The Horizon of Agricultural Ethics
    • Publisher Summary
    • SCIENTIFIC TRUTH AND MYTH
  • Chapter 2: The Conduct of Agricultural Science
    • Publisher Summary
    • WHAT RESEARCH OUGHT TO BE DONE?
  • Chapter 3: When Things Go Wrong—Balancing Technology’s Safety and Risk
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE DEVELOPMENT OF HERBICIDES
    • PROGRESS OF WEED SCIENCE
    • CHALLENGES
    • THE CONTINUING DEBATE
  • Chapter 4: An Introduction to Ethics
    • Publisher Summary
    • SCIENCE AND EMOTION
    • UNIVERSAL VALUES
    • ETHICS IN AGRICULTURE
    • CONTEMPORARY NORMATIVE ETHICS
    • ETHICAL THEORIES RELEVANT TO AGRICULTURE
    • APPLYING ETHICS IN AGRICULTURE AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
  • Chapter 5: Moral Confidence in Agriculture
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF MODERN AGRICULTURE
    • GOALS FOR AGRICULTURE
    • EXPANDING AGRICULTURE’S MORAL SCOPE
    • CONCLUSION
  • Chapter 6: The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture and Weed Science
    • Publisher Summary
  • Chapter 7: Agricultural Sustainability
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE PRESENT AGRICULTURAL SITUATION: THE EXAMPLE OF WEED MANAGEMENT
    • THE MORAL CASE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
    • WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
    • WHY MUST SUSTAINABILITY BE ACHIEVED?
    • A CONCLUDING COMMENT ON SUSTAINABLE WEED SCIENCE
  • Chapter 8: Biotechnology
    • Publisher Summary
    • THE DEBATE
    • TECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
    • REGULATION
    • ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
    • ARGUMENTS OPPOSED TO AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
    • THE MORAL ARGUMENTS
  • Chapter 9: How to Proceed
    • Publisher Summary
    • WATER LOGGING AND SALINIZATION
    • DESERTIFICATION
    • DEPLETION OF WATER RESOURCES
    • SOIL EROSION
    • POLLUTION
    • LOSS OF FARMERS
    • POPULATION GROWTH
    • DOMINANT SCIENTIFIC MYTHS
    • MISSION STATEMENTS
    • THE ROLE OF THE UNIVERSITY
    • SUSTAINABILITY AS A GOAL
    • CONCLUSION
  • Index

Details

No. of pages:
272
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080461120
Paperback ISBN:
9780123705112

About the Author

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Dept of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Reviews

"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 "Agriculture's Ethical Horizon is both a competent review of value conflicts in agriculture and a striking tale of the intellectual, even spiritual, transformation of an agriculturalist who was a leader in one agriculture's most dramatic technical revolutions, the development of chemical weed control. Everyone will find something to criticize. No alert reader will be left unaffected and most will have responses which, in their sense of being intellectually cool, they will have to admit are profoundly emotional--one way or the other. 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