Alternatives to Industrial Agriculture

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Ethics & Society II

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Students are required to write a 1,500-word essay on ONE of the following questions. Consult Week Two lecture slides for full details of the assignment.

Theories to issue

1. Outline a program of agricultural reform based on a version of consequentialism, deontology or virtue ethics. Of the environmental impacts discussed in Chapter Five and/or Six of Schlottmann and Sebo, which impacts would your program prioritize addressing and why?

2. In Chapter Four Schlottman and Sebo contrast rationalist and sentientist approaches to moral standing. Which approach is superior and why?

3. In Chapter Four Schlottman and Sebo discuss the case of a thousand people pouring chemical waste into a lake on which they all depend. How does thinking about this case help us address issues raised by human-caused climate change?

4. In Chapter Seven Schlottmann and Sebo discuss various alternatives to industrial agriculture: alternative animal agriculture, local food, organic and agriculture without animals. Compare the best two of these alternatives and indicate which is ultimately the most compelling alternative to industrial agriculture.

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Industrial agriculture happens to be a more complex form of agriculture compared to
other forms of agriculture. Following this, Schlottmann, and Sebo provides other alternatives to
industrial agriculture such as animal keeping, local food, and organic agriculture. Generally,
industrial agriculture has been used severally to mean the mechanization of the growing,
harvesting and processing of food (Walker, P, 2002). This form of agriculture, therefore,
incorporates engineering in its operation. A vast piece of land is put in place and run by multibillion companies which ensure that food is grown, harvested, processed and made ready for
consumption. A good example of a company that practices industrial agriculture is Delmonte.
The company plants pineapples in vast lands, take care of the fruits through weeding, and
applying fertilizer and later harvest them and take them to their industries for processing.
In industrial agriculture, innovation happens to be the primary drive. It includes
innovation in farming methods, machinery, genetic technology, and improved techniques of
achieving economies of scale in production. For example, genetic engineering has been applied
in intensive farming coming about with genetically modified foods which tend to grow faster as
compared to naturally grown foods, for example, chicken has been one of the agricultural
products that have been affected by genetic engineering. However, this form of agriculture is
mainly practiced in developed countries such as the USA mainly due to the availability of
resources. This form of agriculture has been associated with some merits and demerits. Some of
the merits include cheap and plenty of food, and creation of convenience for its customers.
Compared to the previous forms of agriculture, intensive agriculture can feed many people with
an approximated number of ...

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