The Spirit of the Soil (Paperback)

Agriculture and Environmental Ethics

By Paul B. Thompson, B. Thompson Paul

Routledge, 9780415086233, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 1994

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (12/14/1994)

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The Spirit of the Soil challenges environmentalists to think more deeply and creatively about agriculture. Paul B. Thompson identifies four worldviews' which tackle agricultural ethics according to different philosophical priorities; productionism, stewardship, economics and holism. He examines current issues such as the use of pesticides and biotechnology from these ethical perspectives. This book achieves an open-ended account of sustainability designed to minimise hubris and help us to recapture the spirit of the soil.