Agriculture's Ethical Horizon by Robert L Zimdahl

Agriculture's Ethical Horizon

byRobert L ZimdahlEditorRobert L Zimdahl

Hardcover | January 30, 2012

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The second edition ofAgriculture's Ethical Horizonis a carefully considered application of philosophical concepts, such as utilitarianism and positivism, to the practice of agricultural science. Author Robert Zimdahl argues for an approach to agriculture guided by foundational values, and addresses the questions: What are the goals of agricultural and weed science? What should their goals be? How do and how should the practitioners of agriculture address complex ethical questions?

This book engages students, researchers, and professionals across disciplines including horticulture, soil and plant science, entomology, and more, all without requiring a background in philosophy. It examines topics such as scientific truth and myth, moral confidence in agriculture, the relevance of ethics to sustainability, and biotechnology. New to this edition is a chapter examining the raising, housing and slaughter of animals for human food, and a chapter on alternative and organic agricultural systems.



  • Easily understood by non-philosophers
  • Chapter sidebars highlight important concepts and can be used to engage students in further discussion
  • Companion website includes further teaching aids and a discussion board

About The Author

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 be...
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Title:Agriculture's Ethical HorizonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0124160433

ISBN - 13:9780124160439

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Table of Contents

Foreword from first edition by Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University

Foreword from second edition by Frederick Kirshenmann

1. The Horizon of Agricultural Ethics

2. The Conduct of Agricultural Science

3. When Things Go Wrong: Balancing Technology's Safety and Risk

4. A Brief Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Ethical Theories

5. Moral Confidence in Agriculture

6. The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture and Weed Science

7. Agricultural Sustainability

8. Biotechnology

9. Alternative/Organic Agricultural Systems

10. Animal Agriculture

11. A Glimpse Ahead

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the first edition:

"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 "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