As an initial thought, the idea of there being an ethical concern with food doesn’t seem to make much sense. Since most processes in agriculture have been accepted as needed norms, and nobody has questioned on eco-system of agriculture — growing, packing, labor, etc — many ethical concerns have not surfaced. There is, however, many concerns in agriculture. Some concerns lie in economic benefit from the multiple aspects of the agriculture eco-system. There are also aspects that include research, intellectual property, sustainable agriculture and animal well-fare that are considered.
The paper I read alludes to two different ethical approaches that existing literature uses. The first follows traditional moral theory, where the other explains the “subject first in order to frame the debate starting from the object of investigation.” The latter is mainly concerned with public policy related issues.
On the discussion of sustainable agriculture, it is unanimously agreed upon that agriculture should continue to sustain its production of essential nutrients. I don’t think that anyone would argue that at scale production is needed to continue the health of humanity. A relevant argument is then surfaced if this obligation ever is in conflict with other moral obligations. If any issues arise around another obligation conflicting with sustainability, then this creates a space for an ethical debate to occur. People in the field of agriculture must consider not only the existing population but also the population that will come in the future. Issues that become relevant to stand by their sustainable obligations are issues around soil nutrients, water quality. Not only do people involved in agriculture need to hold to these basics, they need to be able to organize social models that will allow for these basics to be met.
People in the field of agriculture must consider not only the existing population but also the population that will come in the future. Issues that become relevant to stand by their sustainable obligations are issues around soil nutrients, water quality. If the agricultural basics are not met to a high standard, the current population can experience an unfortunate episode of malnourishment; not necessarily from the lack of food, but the lack of nutritional quality in the food. If a person was pregnant, for example, and consumed produce that was grown in unsuitable soil or water, the child in the womb would suffer the consequences. The issue of sustainability then becomes one of the more important concerns around agriculture.
With such a large population, and an ever increasing one, it is not enough to sustain the quality, but it is also important to consider the production and harvest scale. The quality of the food must not be compromised because of the amount of food that is to be produced. As demand increases, there is more room for an ethical conversation to take place because such compromised can not override sustainable obligations.
Not only do people involved in agriculture need to hold to these basics, they need to be able to organize social models that will allow for these basics to be met. People need to create technology to maintain soil and water quality. There also needs to be technology created to address the problem of labor and horizontal space shortage. Some people think that the human population needs to be addressed. I think that humanity has enough to think of an alternative to human population control. I think that automating some aspects of the agriculture life cycle need to be considered before human population becomes acted on. I am not a fan of no growth policies. I think that technology is a better solution to the issue of sustaining agriculture for a growing population.
There is a food machine which can simulate any regionals climate programmatically. I think it something like this was done in unfertile lands, it would be a far greater solution. I also think that we can occupy vertical space, or at least exhaust our options before society concludes that human control is the option that is implemented.