Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Ethical Matrix and Agriculture

  • Matthew Cotton
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_199-1



The critical examination of complex ethical problems in food production has traditionally received little attention within the agriculture and agricultural biotechnology sectors. The lack of formal ethical assessment stems from a persistent view that increased food availability is an unequivocal moral good in light of the potential three billion additional people expected to be alive by 2050 (Hourdequin et al. 2012). Agricultural biotechnologies such as genetically modified organisms and intensive farming practices involving new chemical fertilizer and pesticide products, animal rearing, and milking techniques have often been portrayed as morally benign practices because of the projected welfare gains to global civil society from abundant food production. By contrast, however, academic agricultural and environmental ethicists have highlighted a growing concern with the ethical...


Ethical Issue Ethical Theory Interested Party Reflective Equilibrium Global Civil Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Town and Regional PlanningUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK