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The quest for sustainable agriculture

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dc.contributor.author Simon, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-10T09:22:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-10T09:22:41Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation SIMON, P. 2006. The quest for sustainable agriculture. TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 2(2):345-367. Dec. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/3605] en
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3892
dc.description.abstract Since the Brundtland Commission on Environment and Development published its report in 1983 the idea of sustainable development has become popular. Although many definitions of sustainable development have been proposed, the concept is not easily implemented in a world which believes that high rates of economic growth are essential and in which economic systems are run on the basis of money flows in a setting of private property. Environmental degradation is seen as external to the system. The article discusses the concepts of technicism and economism as the dominant features of Western culture, meaning that all problems can be solved by technical and economic means. This is followed by an analysis of technicistic and economistic concepts of sustainability. In order to develop a concept of sustainability that is not marred by technicism and economism, key features of reformational philosophy, as represented by D.H.Th. Vollenhoven are summarized, especially concepts of time. This leads to an idea of sustainability that seeks to maintain the integrity of the kingdoms of things, plants and animals through a human culture inspired by wisdom and careful stewardship. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sustainable development en
dc.subject World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) en
dc.subject Rational agriculture en
dc.subject Technicism and economism en
dc.subject Price machanism en
dc.subject Determination en
dc.subject reformational philosophy en
dc.subject Stewardship en
dc.title The quest for sustainable agriculture en
dc.type Article en


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