Discussion Paper

Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 105-109

First online:

Death and the ecological crisis

  • Steven L. PeckAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Brigham Young University Email author 

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In this essay I discuss the ways in which not recognizing that the death of organisms plays a part in our food producing systems, distances us from life’s ecological processes and explore how this plays a role in devaluing the sources of our food. I argue that modern society’s deep separation from our agricultural systems play a part in our current ecological illiteracy.


Environmental ethics Food production Ecological awareness