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Key issues in agricultural ethics
by Robert L. Zimdahl et al

This “landmark volume”
will encourage change in our
agri-food system

The developed world’s agriculture system continues to encounter and not deal effectively with its social and environmental effects. The key issues are ethical.


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing’s new book - Key issues in agricultural ethics discusses the major ethical dilemmas of the  agri-food supply chain and considers how they can be better understood and thus resolved.


Emeritus Professor Robert L. Zimdahl has led this timely, relevant review of modern-day food production. It is a collaboration of diverse and distinguished scholars representing various academic disciplines. They come from six nations and nine of the twenty authors are women.  


This book lays a firm foundation for ethical considerations of all forms of agriculture, the associated technologies and their effects on the environment, plants, animals and human societies.


“One of the largest ethical issues currently facing agriculture is its treatment of migrant labour. Despite playing a hugely significant role in global food production, most migrant workers are faced with major obstacles. They are not citizens of the countries in which they work, lack legal status, and are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.”


This book tackles issues people rarely encounter, consider or talk about. But these issues must be confronted for change to happen and problems to be resolved. This book is designed to spark such conversations.


One of the most poignant chapters asks why agricultural ethics hasn’t been instituted in US Land Grant University Colleges of Agriculture.


“Most professional disciplines have published and institutionalized ethical standards. Universities routinely include study of ethics for medicine, law, business, engineering, and the environment. The lack of thought about and consideration of agriculture’s ethical standards is of concern because agriculture, the essential industry, lacks a defined moral foundation.”


Table of Contents


Part 1 General


1. What is agricultural ethics and why does it matter?: Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University, USA

2. Approaches to ethics: Katie McShane, Colorado State University, USA

3. Institutionalizing agricultural ethics in US land-grant universities: Robert L. Zimdahl, Colorado State University, USA

4. Gender dimensions of agricultural ethics: Samantha Noll, Washington State University, USA

5. Agricultural ethics – the farmer’s perspective: Robert L. Zimdahl, Colorado State University, USA

6. Virtue ethics, Wendell Berry and agriculture: Wade Casey, Loyola University Chicago, USA


Part 2 Ethical issues


7. Agriculture and the environment: ethical issues: Richard Bawden and Roger Packham, Western Sydney University, Australia

8. Migrant labour in agriculture: ethical issues and challenges: Francesca Giarè, Patrizia Borsotto and Gabriella Ricciardi, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Italy

9. Intensification in agriculture: ethical issues: Alesandros Glaros, Philip Quarshie, Emily Duncan and Evan Fraser, University of Guelph, Canada

10. Key ethical issues in livestock farming: Natalie Thomas, University of Guelph, Canada; and Adam B. D. Langridge, Nipissing University, Canada

11. Ethical issues of developing new technologies in agriculture: Bart Gremmen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

12. Intellectual property rights in agriculture: ethical issues: Leland L. Glenna, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

13. Ethics of agricultural research: N. Yasemin Yalım, Ankara University, Turkey; Burçin Çokuysal, Ege University, Turkey; and Cemal Taluğ, Ankara University, Turkey


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What is Ethics?

Ethics is not about finding right answers. It is about finding and refining the best reasons. (On Living by Robert L. Zimdahl)

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