Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Agricultural Ethics

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_373



Agricultural ethics is a form of practical ethics that addresses ethical issues or questions that arise in conjunction with the production and distribution of food and fiber goods. The scope of agricultural ethics is, in one sense, delimited by the scope of agriculture. Conceived narrowly, agriculture is the use of technology to cultivate crops or the practice of animal husbandry: A narrow scope would exclude the various forms of scavenging, hunting, or fishing that have contributed to human food needs for centuries. It might also exclude activities that occur after food crops or animals leave the premises of a farming operation, including transport, milling or slaughter, further processing, food manufacturing, food or fiber distribution, and retail sales. Defined more broadly, the scope of agriculture might include all of these activities and might further be extended to include a variety of natural resource management practices such as forestry,...

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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA