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The journal AGRICULTURA (A) publishes scientific works from the following fields: animal science, plant production, farm mechanisation, land management, agricultural economics, ecology, biotechnology, microbiology
ISSN 1581-5439

Jernej TURK, Terence V. PRICE and Anton IVANČIČ

pp. 3-8

Agriculture is one of the basic human activities and, as such, is of paramount importance for the survival of the human race. It has played a pivotal role throughout the process of human civilization which had, in part, begun when people commenced to cultivate plants and to breed animals. Past experience suggests that agriculture is definitely not a simple process and should be harmonized with the nature. This paper discusses the ever–present issue whether profit-oriented agriculture is compatible with the prevailing ethical principles and moral standards.
The main purpose of agriculture is to produce food. The increasing global human population, however, requires more efficient and stable agricultural production. Hunger is still a worldwide problem which can be further deteriorated by using agricultural areas for non food production purposes. The reconciliation between agricultural production and moral standards associated with the production of food and its distribution is therefore a necessity.

Key words: modern agriculture, agricultural policy, ethical responsibilities, moral standards


Etični izzivi v sodobnem, v dobiček usmerjenem kmetijstvu

Kmetijstvo je ena od temeljnih človekovih dejavnosti in je bistvenega pomena za preživetje človeške vrste. Imelo je ključno vlogo v celotnem procesu človeške civilizacije. Nastalo je, ko so ljudje začeli gojiti rastline in oblikovati pasme živali. Pretekle izkušnje kažejo, da kmetijstvo vsekakor ni preprosta dejavnost in jo je treba uskladiti z naravo. Ta dokument obravnava od nekdaj prisotno dilemo, ali je v dobiček usmerjeno kmetijstvo združljivo z obstoječimi etičnimi načeli in moralnimi standardi. Glavni namen kmetijstva je proizvodnja hrane. Globalno naraščanje prebivalstva zahteva učinkovito in stabilno kmetijsko proizvodnjo. Lakota je še vedno svetovni problem in stanje bi se lahko še poslabšalo z uporabo kmetijskih površin za namene, ki niso proizvodnja hrane. Uskladitev med kmetijsko proizvodnjo in moralnimi standardi, ki se nanašajo na proizvodnjo hrane in njeno distribucijo, je vsekakor nujna.

Ključne besede: sodobno kmetijstvo / kmetijska politika / etična odgovornost / moralni standardi


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