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    Moral “Lock-In” in Responsible Innovation: The Ethical and Social Aspects of Killing Day-Old Chicks and Its Alternatives.M. R. N. Bruijnis, V. Blok, E. N. Stassen & H. G. J. Gremmen - 2015 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (5):939-960.
    The aim of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework that will help in understanding and evaluating, along social and ethical lines, the issue of killing day-old male chicks and two alternative directions of responsible innovations to solve this issue. The following research questions are addressed: Why is the killing of day-old chicks morally problematic? Are the proposed alternatives morally sound? To what extent do the alternatives lead to responsible innovation? The conceptual framework demonstrates clearly that there is a (...)
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    Dealing with the Wicked Problem of Sustainability: The Role of Individual Virtuous Competence.V. Blok, H. G. J. Gremmen & R. Wesselink - unknown
    Over the past few years, individual competencies for sustainability have received a lot of attention in the educational, sustainability and business administration literature. In this article, we explore the meaning of two rather new and unfamiliar moral competencies in the field of corporate sustainability: normative competence and action competence. Because sustainability can be seen as a highly complex or ‘wicked’ problem, it is unclear what ‘normativity’ in the normative competence and ‘responsible action’ in the action competence actually mean. In this (...)
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    Agricultural Technologies as Living Machines: Toward a Biomimetic Conceptualization of Technology.V. Blok & H. G. J. Gremmen - 2018 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 21 (2):246-263.
    Smart Farming Technologies raise ethical issues associated with the increased corporatization and industrialization of the agricultural sector. We explore the concept of biomimicry to conceptualize smart farming technologies as ecological innovations which are embedded in and in accordance with the natural environment. Such a biomimetic approach of smart farming technologies takes advantage of its potential to mitigate climate change, while at the same time avoiding the ethical issues related to the industrialization of the agricultural sector. We explore six principles of (...)
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    "Digital" Plants and the Rise of Responsible Precision Agriculture.H. G. J. Gremmen & V. Blok - 2018 - In Angela Kallhoff, M. Di Paola & M. Schörgenhumer (eds.), Plant Ethics. Routledge. pp. 213-220.
    Although agricultural mechanization, hybrid cultivars, the Green Revolution, and modern biotechnology have been implemented on a global scale, conventional farmers still have to face a lot of ethical debate and criticism. From a plants ethics perspective, they are challenged by organic farmers to reorganize their practices in a responsible way, and no longer consider plants as mere instruments. However, by embracing the development of precision farming, conventional crop production seems to turn in the opposite direction and tends to become large-scale (...)
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  5. Wenden en keren.H. G. J. Gremmen - 1990 - Krisis 38:92-94.
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    The Lesser of Two Evils? The Killing of Day-Old Male Chicks in the Dutch Egg Sector.H. G. J. Gremmen & V. Blok - unknown
    The practice of killing day-old chicks in the Dutch egg sector is a recurrent subject of societal debate. Preventing the killing of young animals and in ovo sex determination are the two main alternatives for this problem available. An online questionnaire was held to ask the opinion of the Dutch public about these alternatives. The results show that no alternative will be fully accepted, or accepted by more than half of Dutch society. However, the survey does provide an insight to (...)
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    Introduction.H. G. J. Gremmen & F. Brom - unknown
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    Shifting Schemes of Naturalness.P. F. Haperen, H. G. J. Gremmen & J. G. M. Jacobs - unknown
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    Reconstruction of the Ethnical Debate on Naturalness in Discussion About Plant-Biotechnology.P. F. Haperen, H. G. J. Gremmen & J. G. M. Jacobs - unknown
    This paper argues that in modern biotechnology, naturalness as an argument contributed to a stalemate in public debate about innovative technologies. Naturalness in this is often placed opposite to human disruption. It also often serves as a label that shapes moral acceptance or rejection of agricultural innovative technologies. The cause of this lies in the use of nature as a closed, static reference to naturalness, while in fact ‘‘nature’’ is an open and dynamic concept with many different meanings. We propose (...)
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    The Dilemma of Sustainability.H. G. J. Gremmen & J. J. Jacobs - unknown
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    Sustainability as Style.J. G. M. Jacobs & H. G. J. Gremmen - unknown
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