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Journal Article

Field Deaths in Plant Agriculture  [2018]

Fischer, Bob; Lamey, Andy;

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We know that animals are harmed in plant production. Unfortunately, though, we know very little about the scale of the problem. This matters for two reasons. First, we can’t decide how many resources to devote to the problem without a better sense of its scope. Second, this information shortage throws a wrench in arguments for veganism, since it’s always possible that a diet that contains animal products is complicit in fewer deaths than a diet that avoids them. In this paper, then, we have two aims: first, we want to collect and analyze all the available information about animal death associated with plant agriculture; second, we try to show just how difficult it’s to come up with a plausible estimate of how many animals are killed by plant agriculture, and not just because of a lack of empirical information. Additionally, we show that there are significant philosophical questions associated with interpreting the available data—questions such that different answers generate dramatically different estimates of the scope of the problem. Finally, we document current trends in plant agriculture that cause little or no collateral harm to animals, trends which suggest that field animal deaths are a historically contingent problem that in future may be reduced or eliminated altogether.
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Journal of agricultural & environmental ethics
ISSN : 1187-7863

Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Journal Article
In AGRIS since:
2019
Volume:
31
Issue:
4
Extent:
409-428
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
All titles:
"Field Deaths in Plant Agriculture"@eng
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Bibliographic information

Language:
English
Type:
Journal Article
In AGRIS since:
2019
Volume:
31
Issue:
4
Extent:
409-428
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
All titles:
"Field Deaths in Plant Agriculture"@eng