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Environmental Ethics

Volume 25, Issue 1, Spring 2003

John L. Paterson
Pages 43-58
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics200325144

Conceptualizing Stewardship in Agriculture within the Christian Tradition

The concept of stewardship as resource development and conservation, a shallow environmental ethic, arises out of a domination framework. Stewardship as earthkeeping arises out of a keeping framework and falls somewhere between an intermediate and deep environmental ethic. A notion of agricultural stewardship, based on earthkeeping principles, can be used as a normative standard by which to judge a range of agricultural economies and practices.

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