By Robert L Zimdahl
This state-of-the-art and maybe arguable publication explores the ethics of agriculture and contemplates how our present ethical stance may perhaps form our destiny. Preface; 1. creation; 2. The behavior of Agricultural technological know-how; three. whilst issues get it wrong; four. An creation to Ethics; five. ethical self belief in Agriculture; 6. The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture; 7. Agricultural Sustainability; eight. Biotechnology; nine. the way to continue
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Only scientific truth can enter the domain of inquiry. Politics, religion, values, emotions, and desires (the realms of experiential or personal truth, see Chapter 1) are excluded because they must be. Economic considerations may be part of the management decision because the scientific solution proposed must, after all, be profitable or it won’t be employed. Maxwell (1992) proposes that the reason this is the dominant view is that “the intellectual aim of inquiry is to improve knowledge” of scientific truth.
We must continually ask the cathartic questions. 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 premiere goals 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 must explore whether this has been a proper and sufficient goal, and if it is the proper goal for the future?
3). But there is nothing absolute about the ideas or concepts of science. They form a flexible framework that is always building and being rebuilt. The only thing the framework must fit, or adapt to, is the facts—the scientific facts. Bronowski (1977, p. ” Because of its technology and the fact that agriculture is the single largest and most ubiquitous human interaction with the environment, its science is feared by many, and disparaged by some. Therefore, Maxwell (1992) advocated a move from a philosophy of knowledge to a philosophy of wisdom.
Agriculture's ethical horizon by Robert L Zimdahl