By Robert L Zimdahl

What are the ambitions of agricultural technological know-how? What may still the targets of agricultural technology be? How do and the way should still the practitioners of agriculture handle complicated moral questions? those questions are explored during this huge ebook in order that these in agriculture will start an open dialoge at the ethics of agriculture.

Discussion of foundational values, of why we perform agriculture as we do, should still develop into a valuable, 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, will probably be imposed through others. principally autobiographical, this e-book covers subject matters corresponding to clinical fact and delusion, 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 through a professional who has been engaged in agricultural schooling and learn for over 35 years
  • Content is well comprehensible through non-philosophers
  • The thoughts of medical fact and fable are contrasted and in comparison
  • Chapter sidebars spotlight very important options and will be used to have interaction scholars in extra dialogue

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What should we do? What is the agricultural research task? What are the questions we ought to be asking? Maintenance of production and, presumably, profit have been the premier, perhaps the only, goal of agricultural research and of colleges of agriculture. Production has been maintained and even increased for most crops, grower profit has not, except for some large farms. We ought to explore whether this has been a proper and sufficient goal, and if it is the proper goal for the future. Those engaged in agriculture must begin to examine and expand agriculture’s ethi­cal horizon.

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Technological application rules weed science, which continues to advocate applying herbicides to solve weed problems while expecting better results and fewer problems from each new herbicide. Thomas (1974) noted that early medical science was hoaxed by bleeding, cupping, and purging and, more recently, by overuse of antibiotics. All were used with the best of good intentions and all failed to some degree because of lack of understanding of the etiology of disease. The great achievement of weed science and other pest control disciplines has been the development of diverse technologies to control weed/pest infestations in most crops.

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