By Robert L Zimdahl
This state of the art and maybe debatable booklet explores the ethics of agriculture and contemplates how our present ethical stance may well form our destiny. Preface; 1. creation; 2. The behavior of Agricultural technological know-how; three. while issues get it wrong; four. An creation to Ethics; five. ethical self belief in Agriculture; 6. The Relevance of Ethics to Agriculture; 7. Agricultural Sustainability; eight. Biotechnology; nine. how you can continue
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What of the adult who has heard of 2,4-D and may even have used it to kill dandelions in the lawn but is concerned about it and all pesticides and their possible effects on human and environmental health? Scientifically rational language may speak to them but usually does not address what they see and feel. The language of rationality and the model of scientific truth is not adequate to describe the child’s experience or the adult’s attitude. The flower’s attraction, its beauty, the fun one can have with it, and one’s concern, perhaps fear, about a herbicide and its possible sideeffects, require a different language—the language of experiential truth.
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It is an essential way we use to order our world that is not exhaustive (Midgley, 2000, p. 101). It is best when considered with other views, other ways of ordering and interpreting the world. Scientific truth, spoken in empirical language, refers to objective facts, whereas myth refers to experiential things, the quintessence of the human experience that gives meaning and significance to life (May, 1991, p. 26). When we examine our myths, we automatically move away from the realm of scientific truth, but that does not mean one dismisses scientific truth.