, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 499-501
Date: 07 Sep 2011

Author Meets Critics Panel: Paul B. Thompson’s (2010) The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

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The contributions below is the offspring of an Author Meets Critics panel that convened in June 2010 in Bloomington, IN, to discuss Paul B. Thompson’s (2010) The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky (ISBN 978-0-8131-2587-9). At the Agriculture, Food and Human Values: Food in Bloom, Erin McKenna, Lee McBride, Elisa Graffy and myself, were some of the first people to explore and critically examine publically with Professor Thompson some of the central tenets of his text. Paul Thompson—one of AFHV’s founding members and past president—sheds light on the ways in which agrarian philosophies have significantly influenced discourses around both food and environmental ethics. The panelists discuss some of Thompson’s central claims regarding the moral and ontological importance of eating together and the extent to which agrarian ideals can inculcate a much-needed ecological conscience as part of individual responsibility and virtu ...