Type: Book

Key issues in agricultural ethics


Dr Robert Zimdahl is Professor Emeritus of Weed Science at Colorado State University, USA. He is a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America, Western Society of Weed Science, American Society of Agronomy, and former Editor of Weed Science. He has published widely on weed science, including the standard text Fundamentals of Weed Science, currently in its fourth edition.



Publication date:

30 May 2023

Length of book:

350 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801463133

Hardback - £145.00
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Agriculture is facing unprecedented scrutiny for its social and environmental impacts. Many of the key choices it must make are fundamentally about ethics.

Key issues in agricultural ethics explores key ethical debates surrounding agriculture and agri-food supply chains. These include issues such as animal welfare, use of labour, the effects of new technologies and the overall impact of agriculture on the environment. It considers the ways these ethical dilemmas may be better understood and potentially resolved.

Edited by a leading researcher in the field, Key issues in agricultural ethics will be a standard reference for researchers in agriculture and environmental science, government and other private sector agencies responsible for monitoring good agricultural practice, as well as researchers involved in the social sciences with a focus on ethics.

Key features

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the key ethical debates in agriculture
  • Considers the responsibilities of stakeholders across the agri-food supply chain and their role in institutionalising agricultural ethics
  • Reviews the key gender dimensions of agricultural ethics, focussing on the role of women in agricultural research, production and debate

What others are saying...

“A highly-respected editor – Emeritus Professor Robert L. Zimdahl – has ventured to lead this compilation on Key issues in agricultural ethics, which is timely and relevant to modern-day food production. Zimdahl’s collaboration with a group of distinguished scholars makes this a landmark volume, laying a firm foundation for ethical considerations in all forms of agriculture, as well as the associated technologies and their effects on the environment, plants, animals and human societies.” (Dr Nimal Chandrasena, former Associate Professor of Weed Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Editor-in-Chief – Weeds - Journal of the Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society)

“This latest publication has collated an excellent series of ethical concerns related to agriculture into one place for the first time. The book considers the need for agriculture to be grounded within a core of ethical principles if it is to be sustainable in the long term. Can this core of ethical principles resonate with producers and society as a strategic value system that will incite positive change? This new book opens the door to this very debate!” (Dr Clarence J. Swanton, University Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, Canada)

“Professor Zimdahl has historically addressed the poorly “hidden” issue of ethics in agriculture and food production. In this publication, he and other distinguished scientists illustrate the importance of the ethical development of food substances in agriculture. I am pleased that Bob continues his good fight and am confident this will become a standard reference work for those working and studying in this field and beyond it.” (Emeritus Professor Micheal D. K. Owen, Iowa State University, USA)

Table of contents

Part 1 General
1.What is agricultural ethics and why does it matter?: Paul Thompson, Michigan State University, USA;
2.Approaches to ethics: Katie McShane, Colorado State University, USA;
3.Institutionalising agricultural ethics: Robert Zimdahl, Colorado State University, USA;
4.Gender dimensions of agricultural ethics: Samantha Noll, Washington State University, USA;
5.Agricultural ethics: a farmer’s perspective: Robert Zimdahl, Colorado State University, USA;
6.Virtues and agricultural ethics: Wendell Berry and the virtues that sustain the world: Wade Casey, Loyola University Chicago, USA;

Part 2 Ethical issues
7.Agriculture and the environment: ethical issues: Richard Bawden, University of Western Sydney, Australia;
8.Ethical issues associated with the use of migrant labour in agriculture: Francesca Giare, CREA, Italy;
9.Intensification in agriculture: ethical issues: Alesandros Glaros, University of Guelph, Canada;
10.Key ethical issues in livestock farming: Natalie Evans, University of Guelph, Canada;
11.Ethical issues in developing new technologies in agriculture: Bart Gremmen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
12.Intellectual property rights in agriculture: ethical issues: Leland Glenna, Penn State University, USA;
13.Ethics in agricultural research: Neyyire Yasemin Yalim, Ankara University, Turkey;