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Sustainable Food Production and Ethics

Werner Zollitsch, Christoph Winkler, Susanne Waiblinger and Alexander Haslberger

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Author(s): Werner Zollitsch, Christoph Winkler, Susanne Waiblinger and Alexander Haslberger

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Sustainability has become an issue widely debated in many countries. Given the central role of food supply and the emotional relationship that modern mankind still has to its food, sustainability is seen as a value which has to be maintained throughout food supply chains. The complexity of modern food systems invokes a variety of ethical implications which emerge from contrasts between ideals, perceptions and the conditions of technical processes within food systems, and the concerns connected to this.

This book covers a broad range of aspects within the general issue of sustainable food production and ethics. Linking different academic disciplines, topics range from reflections about the roots of sustainability and the development of concepts and approaches to globalisation and resilience of food systems as well as specific ethical aspects of organic farming and animal welfare. Modern technologies which are intensely advocated by certain stakeholder groups and their societal challenges are addressed, as are many other specific cases of food production and processing, consumer perception and marketing.

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Author Werner Zollitsch, Christoph Winkler, Susanne Waiblinger and Alexander Haslberger
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 550 pp
ISBN 9789086860463
Publication date 2007
Book Type Softcover


Preface: Sustainable food production and ethics

Keynote papers

  • On sustainability, dogmas, and (new) historical roots for environmental ethics
  • How do the ethical values of organic agriculture relate to standards and to current practice?
  • Animal welfare and intensive animal production: are they compatible?
  • Animal welfare in intensive and sustainable animal production systems
  • Ethics and action: a relational perspective on food trends and consumer concerns
  • Coexistence: What kind of agriculture do we want?
  • Coexistence and ethics: NIMBY-arguments reconsidered
  • Vertical gene flow in the context of risk/safety assessment and co-existence

Part 1 - Theoretical, conceptual and foundational issues: concepts and approaches

  • Ethical bases of sustainability
  • Building a sustainable future for animal agriculture: an environmental virtue ethic of care approach within the philosophy of technology
  • Emergence and auto-organisation: revising our concepts of growth, development and evolution toward a science of sustainability
  • Values behind biodiversity: ends in themselves or knowledge-based attitudes

Part 2 - Theoretical, conceptual and foundational issues: assessment and models

  • A structuring pathway to tackling ethical problems
  • Standing on the shoulders of a giant: the promise of multi-criteria mapping as a decision support framework in food ethics
  • Sustainability concept in agricultural scientific papers

Part 3 - Theoretical, conceptual and foundational issues: bringing ethics into practice

  • Practice-oriented ethics
  • How do stakes and interests shape the discursive strategies for framing (multi-)causality?
  • Depoliticizing technological decisions?
  • Implicit normativity in scientific advice - a case study of nutrition advice to the general public
  • Trustworthiness: the concrete task to take vague moral ideals seriously

Part 4 - Diversity, resilience, global trade

  • Using past climate variability to understand how food systems are resilient to future climate change
  • Integration of resilience into sustainability model for analysis of adaptive capacities of regions to climate change: the EASEY model
  • Sustainability, corporate social responsibility and food markets: the role of cooperatives
  • A method for construction and evaluation of scenarios for sustainable animal production, with an application on future Swedish dairy farming
  • Protecting local diversity in scenarios of modern food biotechnology, globalised trade and intellectual property rights
  • Does free trade in agriculture promote 'one planet farming'?
  • Constructing sustainable regional food networks: a grounded perspective
  • Ethical use of Andean tomato germplasm
  • A legal examination of the requirements relating to developing countries? exports of organic products to the European Union

Part 5 - Sustainability and animal welfare: animal welfare and basic value

  • Vegan agriculture: animal-friendly and sustainable
  • Understanding farmers' values
  • Consumers versus producers: a different view on farm animal welfare?
  • Market segmentation based on perceived importance and evaluation of farm animal welfare

Part 6 - Sustainability and animal welfare: different practices

  • Stacking pigs: Dutch pig tower debates and the changing nature of ethical livestock production
  • Towards sustainable livestock production systems
  • Economic, ecological and societal performance of organic versus conventional egg production in the Netherlands
  • Considering the farmer-animal relationship in the development of sustainable husbandry systems for cattle production
  • From the backyard, through the farm, to the laboratory - changes in human attitudes to the pig
  • Logistics at transport to slaughter: food and environment-optimised animal transport
  • The ethics of automatic milking systems and grazing in dairy cattle

Part 7 - Sustainability and animal welfare: implementation and legislation

  • Conflicting areas in the ethical debate on animal health and welfare
  • The concept of sustainable agriculture necessitates a duty of stewardship in contemporary animal welfare legislation
  • The Australian Animal Welfare Strategy: sustaining food production drivers within broader societal agendas
  • Sheep welfare in the welfare state: ethical aspects of the conventionalisation of Norwegian organic production
  • Animal welfare in assurance schemes: benchmarking for progress
  • Best Practice in animal production: a grassroots evaluation framework

Part 8 - Sustainability and animal welfare: workshop 'Science and public expectations'

  • Can animal science meet the expectations in the 'animal welfare' debate?
  • Empirical facts in farm-animal welfare discourses

Part 9 - Ethics of organic farming

  • On the ethical dimension of organic agriculture
  • Organic farming: for the sake of nature?
  • Mutilations in organic animal husbandry: ethical dilemmas?
  • The development of organic aquaculture as a sustainable food production system: exploring issues and challenges

Part 10 - Sustainable disease control

  • Keeping backyard animals as a way of life
  • Animal disease policy as a moral question with respect to risks of harm
  • Avian influenza and media coverage: a qualitative study in four European countries
  • Using participatory methods to explore the social and ethical issues raised by bioscience research programmes: the case of animal genomics research
  • System approach to improve animal health
  • Will nano-enabled diagnostics make animal disease control more sustainable?
  • Is it possible to make risk-reduction strategies socially sustainable?
  • New understanding of epigenetics and consequences for environmental health and sustainability
  • Local knowledge and ethnoveterinary medicine of farmers in Eastern Tyrol about wild plant species: a potential basis for disease control according to EC Council Reg. 2092/91 in organic farming

Part 11 - Sustainable food production and consumption

  • Sustainable value chain analysis
  • Sustainable green marketing of SMEs' ecoproducts
  • The role of women in promoting ethical consumerism: an historical perspective
  • Waste not want not - the ethics of food waste
  • Ruminant feeding in sustainable animal agriculture
  • What is 'regional food'? The process of developing criteria for regional food in Eastern Tyrol, Austria

Part 12 - GMO: GM plants

  • Contested GMO's: how questions of global justice and basic structures matter in the debate on GM plants
  • Benefits at risk: does the motivation of farmers counteract potential benefits of GM plants?
  • Typology of ethical judgements on transgenic plants
  • Marketing GM Roundup Ready rapeseed in Norway: Report from a value workshop
  • GM-food: how to communicate with the public?

Part 13 - GMO: transgenic animals

  • Ethical concerns related to cloning of animals for agricultural purposes
  • Animal welfare aspects of creating transgenic farm animals
  • Cloning for meat or medicine?
  • Assessing people's attitudes towards animal use and genetic modification using a web-based interactive survey

Part 14 - Nature conservation and ethics

  • Environmental values and their impact on sustainability and nature conservation
  • Aspects of ethics and animal protection in animal husbandry under semi-natural conditions, in animals returned to the wild, and in wild animals
  • The ethics of catch and release in angling: human recreation, resource conservation and animal welfare

Part 15 - Other contributions

  • Why farmers need professional autonomy
  • Reflections from cultural history: the story of the Bohemian landscape in Romania - a sustainable past?
  • Landscape, land use and soul: ecopsychology: mending a troubled relationship
  • Organic farmers' experiments and innovations: a debate
  • Detecting pathogens using real-time PCR: a contribution to monitoring animal health and food safety
  • Analysis of diet-induced changes in intestinal microbiota: microbial balance as indicator for gut health
  • Analysis of food associated bacterial diversity with molecular methods comparing lettuce from organic and conventional agriculture and cheese from pasteurized versus unpasteurized milk
  • Non-physical interaction between humans and plants and its impact on plant development
  • A tailor-made molecular biological strategy for monitoring the gut microbiota of pigs reflecting animal health
  • Evaluating novel protein sources for organic laying hens

Authors index

Keyword index

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