Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Agricultural Science and Values

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_564



Agricultural science can be broadly understood as the application of scientific methods and methodologies to improve agricultural practices, including the harvesting, processing, and distribution of food, fiber, and pharmaceutical products (Noll 2015; Olmstead and Rhode 2008). This field historically focused on a wide array of research topics, such as improving production techniques, controlling pests, minimizing the effects of drought, the selective breeding of plants and animals, and research on various socioeconomic topics. It is a multidisciplinary area of research that includes work in both the natural and social sciences and integrates methods originally developed in distinct fields. Indeed, the process of improving agricultural practice often involves the combined efforts of researchers working out of diverse disciplines, such as agronomy,...

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  1. 1.Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Haverford CollegeHaverfordUSA