Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Agrarianism and the Ethics of Eating

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_279



“Agrarianism” refers to certain schools of thought and forms of life which regard farming and related vocations as exceptional in that farmers are independent, self-sufficient, and self-determining and work in step with nature, the local ecology, the seasons, etc. Independent yet attuned to their ecological setting, agrarian farmers think and act holistically. Working in and with nature, agrarian farmers view themselves as stewards of their ecological setting and who keep an eye on the environmental health of the area. To agrarians, city folks lead dependent, other-directed lives, artificial and out of step with nature. The agrarian life is built on trust, neighborliness, and cooperation, unlike the alienation and distrust of city life. Dwelling in stable communities, rural agrarians nurture a sense of personal identity...

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  1. 1.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan