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Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture: Reconciling the Epistemological, Ethical, Political, and Practical Challenges
- Chiles, RobertM., Fabian, EileenE., Tobin, Daniel, Colby, ScottJ., DePue, S.Molly
- Journal of agricultural & environmental ethics 2018 v.31 no.3 pp. 341-348
- ethics, greenhouse gas emissions, issues and policy, politics
- The purpose of this paper is to provide further clarity to the technical and policy difficulties associated with mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by identifying and distilling the core tensions which propagate and animate them. We argue that these complexities exist across four critical dimensions: the epistemological, the ethical, the political, and the practical. Adequately confronting the challenge of agricultural emissions will require improved transparency in emissions measurement, increased science communication, enhanced public participatory mechanisms, and the integration of ethical deliberation in scientific and policy discussions.