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To be successful, agriculture must rest on a firm ethical foundation that can only be clarified through vigorous debate that includes scientists, farmers, other practitioners, andthe consumers of foodFarmers also need reinforcement from the government for practices that provide services such as a tight nutrient cycleLocally based agriculture can provide ecosystem services that are of great value regions.
In coming years, nations, local communities, and individuals will have to make many difficult ethical decisions concerning the competing requirements of agricultural production, ecosystems, economics, and social justice.An agriculture based on a series of isolated components—crops separate from livestock, farmers distanced from consumers, farming separated from culture, and production systems disrupting ecological processes— won’t sustain us into the future.Article #12 “Redesigning Agriculture”Q & A1.What is the Haber-Bosch process – what does it have to do with agriculture?2.“the cycle that circulated nutrients from the land through animals and back again tothe land has become leaky and significantly alters ecosystems” – comment in detail on this statement.It refers to the inferences of farm management on the nutrients cycle. ‘Leaky’ and ‘significantly’ means the use of the land and the future of framings and how it impacts theenvironment and its people. This statement refers to the nutrients that has the potential to become significant from the wastes of animals in the farm storage infrastructure.3.How can ethics and philosophy help make better decisions about agriculture?