Agriculture's ethical horizon by Robert L Zimdahl

By Robert L Zimdahl

This state-of-the-art and maybe arguable booklet explores the ethics of agriculture and contemplates how our present ethical stance may possibly form our destiny. Preface; 1. creation; 2. The behavior of Agricultural technology; three. whilst issues get it wrong; four. An advent to Ethics; five. ethical self belief in Agriculture; 6. The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture; 7. Agricultural Sustainability; eight. Biotechnology; nine. the best way to continue

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That is, few go on to question the myth of the objectivity of the scientific method and how science is done. Science is criticized because of its use and misuse, but the model of scientific inquiry is not usually questioned. Gallopin et al. (2001) suggest it is necessary to consider modifying or replacing the fundamental rules of scientific inquiry in some situations, especially when it comes to study of agricultural sustainability, which requires integrating economic, social, cultural, political, and ecological factors.

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Soil erosion continues from human and natural activity. “The overwhelming impression is that transfer of materials is changing the face of the earth at a faster rate than that at which the world’s population is growing” (Douglas, 1990). More atmospheric nitrogen is fixed by humans than by all natural terrestrial sources combined (Vitousek et al. 1997). The high productivity of modern agriculture is dependent on modifications of the Haber-Bosch synthesis of nitrogen fertilizer. About 1/2 of all the nitrogen fertilizer used in all of human history has been used in the last 15 years (Clayton, 2004).

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