The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics
November 26, 1994 Author: Paul Thompson
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 minimize hubris and help us to recapture the spirit of the soil.