Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

3rd Edition - January 12, 2022

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  • Author: Robert Zimdahl
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128236680
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128236673

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Agriculture’s Ethical Horizon: Third Edition covers the changing environment in which practitioners of agriculture are challenged to produce food for the world. Fully revised and updated, the book encourages discussions on the moral questions that agriculture faces, including what goals should agricultural science pursue and how should practitioners address important ethical questions which are different and more complex than the dominating questions of production? The book presents the story of agriculture from the blood, sweat and tears era, to the present genetic era, including the paradox of agriculture. This book is ideal for agricultural students, practitioners and anyone who would like to understand the tremendous responsibility of agricultural production. It presents a foundation for the important discussions and decisions that will be necessary to support the future of agriculture.

Key Features

  • Presents critical-thinking considerations based on extensive, real-world experience
  • Challenges all those interested in food production to more fully explore agricultural systems
  • Fully revised and updated to include current and emerging challenges and their potential future impacts on the world’s food supply


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

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Foreword—Third edition
  • Foreword—Second edition
  • Foreword—First edition
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments—Third edition
  • Acknowledgments—Second edition
  • Acknowledgments—First edition
  • List of highlights for each chapter
  • 1. The horizon of agricultural ethics
  • Abstract
  • A Truth models
  • B Guiding myths
  • C Scientific agriculture
  • D The cathartic questions
  • References
  • 2. The conduct of agricultural science
  • Abstract
  • A What research ought to be done?
  • References
  • 3. When things go wrong—balancing technology’s safety and risk
  • Abstract
  • A The chemical era of agriculture
  • B Progress of weed science
  • C Challenges
  • D The continuing debate
  • E Appointment in Samarra
  • References
  • 4. A brief introduction to moral philosophy and ethical theories
  • Abstract
  • A Science and emotion
  • B Universal values
  • C Ethics in agriculture
  • D Contemporary normative ethics
  • E Moral theories relevant to agriculture
  • F Applying ethics to agriculture and agricultural science
  • G Multiple strategies utilitarianism
  • References
  • 5. Moral confidence in agriculture
  • Abstract
  • A The benefits and costs of modern agriculture
  • B Goals for agriculture
  • C Expanding agriculture’s moral scope
  • D The relevance of the western agricultural model
  • E Bottom-line thinking
  • F Conclusion
  • References
  • 6. The relevance of ethics to agriculture
  • Abstract
  • References
  • 7. Agricultural sustainability
  • Abstract
  • A The present agricultural situation
  • B The example of weed management
  • C What is sustainability?
  • D Why must sustainability be achieved?
  • E The moral case for sustainability
  • F A concluding comment about sustainable weed science
  • References
  • 8. Agricultural biotechnology—opportunities and strengths
  • Abstract
  • A The debate
  • B Technological problems
  • C Substantial equivalence
  • D Arguments in favor of agricultural biotechnology
  • E The environment
  • References
  • 9. Agricultural biotechnology—challenges and cautions
  • Abstract
  • A The debate
  • B Arguments opposed to agricultural biotechnology
  • C Moral arguments
  • References
  • 10. Alternative/organic agricultural systems
  • Abstract
  • A Characteristics of alternative/organic systems
  • B Farmers and productivity
  • C Transition and advantages
  • D Vertical agriculture
  • E Ethical problems
  • References
  • 11. Animal agriculture
  • Abstract
  • A Western thought and the line
  • B A person
  • C Arguments in support of animal agriculture
  • D Arguments against animal agriculture
  • E Animal biotechnology
  • F A new technology—in vitro meat
  • G Conclusion
  • References
  • 12. A glimpse ahead
  • Abstract
  • A Eight important issues/problems/matters of concern
  • B Dominant myths of agriculture
  • C Production and ethics
  • D The imperative of responsibility
  • E Finding partners
  • F The role of the university
  • G Sustainability
  • H Conclusion
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 364
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: January 12, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128236680
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128236673

About the Author

Robert 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. He is the author of Fundamentals of Weed Science, and Six Chemicals that Changed Agriculture both from Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Weed Science, Colorado State University, CO, USA

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