The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics

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Routledge, Jul 25, 2005 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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The Spirit of the Soil challenges environmentalists to think more deeply and creatively about agriculture. Paul B. Thompson identifies four `worldviews' which tackle agricultural ethics according to different philosophical priorities; productionism, stewardship, economics and holism. He examines current issues such as the use of pesticides and biotechnology from these ethical perspectives. This book achieves an open-ended account of sustainability designed to minimise hubris and help us to recapture the spirit of the soil.
 

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Contents

THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRITICS
15
THE PRODUCTIONIST PARADIGM
47
AGRICULTURAL STEWARDSHIP AND
72
CALCULATING THE TRUE COST OF FOOD
94
THE HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE
118
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
147
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