The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics
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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THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRITICS
THE PRODUCTIONIST PARADIGM
AGRICULTURAL STEWARDSHIP AND
CALCULATING THE TRUE COST OF FOOD
THE HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVE
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