Climate change and sustainable development

Ethical perspectives on land use and food production

  • Thomas Potthast
  • Simon Meisch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-19
  2. Keynote contributions

  3. Sustainability: general issues

  4. Property rights and commons

  5. Global warming and climate change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. B. Gremmen
      Pages 90-94
    3. P. F. Van Haperen, B. Gremmen, J. Jacobs
      Pages 100-105
  6. Ethics, adaptation & mitigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. A. Nordgren
      Pages 109-114
  7. Ethics of non-agricultural land-management

  8. Environmental & agricultural ethics

  9. Intensive vs. extensive production: animal welfare, efficiency and environmental implications

  10. Agro-energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. L. Landeweerd, P. Osseweijer, J. Kinderlerer, R. Pierce
      Pages 239-244
  11. Food policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. U. R. Fritsche, B. Brohmann, K. Hünecke, E. Heiskanen, B. Schäfer, H. Fammler et al.
      Pages 259-266
    3. S. Aerts, R. Boonen, J. De Tavernier
      Pages 267-270

About this book


Climate change is a major framing condition for sustainable development of agriculture and food. Global food production is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time it is among the sectors worst affected by climate change. This book brings together a multidisciplinary group of authors exploring the ethical dimensions of climate change and food. Conceptual clarifications provide a necessary basis for putting sustainable development into practice. Adaptation and mitigation demand altering both agricultural and consumption practices. Intensive vs. extensive production is reassessed with regard to animal welfare, efficiency and environmental implications. Property rights pay an ever-increasing role, as do shifting land-use practices, agro-energy, biotechnology, food policy to green consumerism. And, last but not least, tools are suggested for teaching agricultural and food ethics. Notwithstanding the plurality of ethical analyses and their outcome, it becomes apparent that governance of agri-food is faced by new needs and new approaches of bringing in the value dimension much more explicitly. This book is intended to serve as a stimulating collection that will contribute to debate and reflection on the sustainable future of agriculture and food production in the face of global change.

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Potthast
    • 1
  • Simon Meisch
  1. 1.International Centre for Ethics in the Science and Humanities (IZEW)Tübingen UniversityGermany

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