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Agronomy 2018, 8(7), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy8070116

Agriculture’s Moral Dilemmas and the Need for Agroecology

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Received: 13 June 2018 / Revised: 2 July 2018 / Accepted: 7 July 2018 / Published: 10 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pest Management in Agroecosystems)
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Those engaged in agriculture possess a definite but unexamined moral confidence or certainty about the correctness of what they do. The basis of the moral confidence is not obvious to those who have it, or to the public. In fact, the moral confidence that pervades agriculture is potentially harmful because it is unexamined. It is necessary that those engaged in agriculture analyze what it is about agriculture in society that favors, inhibits, or limits agriculture. All should strive to nourish and strengthen the aspects of agriculture that are beneficial and change those that are not. To do this all must be confident to study ourselves, our institutions, and be dedicated to the task of modifying the values and goals of both. View Full-Text
Keywords: agriculture; ethics; moral dilemmas; moral confidence agriculture; ethics; moral dilemmas; moral confidence
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