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    Who is the African Farmer? The Importance of Actor Representations in the Debate About Biotechnology Crops in Africa.Koen Beumer & Jac A. A. Swart - 2021 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 34 (1):1-25.
    The discussion about the impact of agricultural biotechnology on Africa is deeply divided and contains widely diverging claims about the impact of biotechnology on African farmers. Building upon literature on the ‘good farmer’ that highlights that farmers identities are an important factor in explaining the success or failure of agricultural change, we argue that the identity of the farmer is an undervalued yet crucial aspect for understanding the debate about the impact of agricultural biotechnology on African farmers. In this article (...)
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    Care for the Wild. Dealing with a Pluralistic Practice.Jac A. A. Swart - 2005 - Environmental Values 14 (2):251-263.
    Environmental ethics has to deal with the challenge of reconciling contrasting ecocentric and animal-centric perspectives. Two classic attempts at this reconciliation, which both adopted the metaphor of concentric circles, are discussed. It is concluded that the relationship between the animal and its environment, whether the latter is human or natural, should be a pivotal element of such reconciliation. An alternative approach is presented, inspired by care ethics, which proposes that caring for wild animals implies caring for their relationship to the (...)
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    The Wild Animal as a Research Animal.Jac A. A. Swart - 2004 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17 (2):181-197.
    Most discussions on animal experimentation refer to domesticated animals and regulations are tailored to this class of animals. However, wild animals are also used for research, e.g., in biological field research that is often directed to fundamental ecological-evolutionary questions or to conservation goals. There are several differences between domesticated and wild animals that are relevant for evaluation of the acceptability of animal experiments. Biological features of wild animals are often more critical as compared with domesticated animals because of their survival (...)
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    Restore politics in societal debates on new genomic techniques.Lonneke M. Poort, Jac A. A. Swart, Ruth Mampuys, Arend J. Waarlo, Paul C. Struik & Lucien Hanssen - forthcoming - Agriculture and Human Values:1-10.
    End of April 2021, the European Commission published its study on New Genomic Techniques. The study involved a consultation of Member States and stakeholders. This study reveals a split on whether current legislation should be maintained or adapted to take account of scientific progress and the risk level of NGT products. This split was predictable. New technological developments challenge both ethical viewpoints and regulatory institutions; and contribute to the growing divide between science and society that value ‘technological innovations’ differently. Such (...)
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    Wild Animals in Our Backyard. A Contextual Approach to the Intrinsic Value of Animals.Jac A. A. Swart & Jozef Keulartz - 2011 - Acta Biotheoretica 59 (2):185-200.
    As a reflection on recent debates on the value of wild animals we examine the question of the intrinsic value of wild animals in both natural and man-made surroundings. We examine the concepts being wild and domesticated. In our approach we consider animals as dependent on their environment, whether it is a human or a natural environment. Stressing this dependence we argue that a distinction can be made between three different interpretations of a wild animal’s intrinsic value: a species-specific, a (...)
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    The Ecological Ethics Framework: Finding Our Way in the Ethical Labyrinth of Nature Conservation.Jac A. A. Swart - 2008 - Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):523-526.
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    Mark Coeckelbergh: Growing Moral Relations. Critique of Moral Status Ascription: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 1137025956, 9781137025951, 256 Pp. [REVIEW]Jac A. A. Swart - 2013 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26 (6):1241-1245.
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    Innovation and the Commons: Lessons From the Governance of Genetic Resources in Potato Breeding.Koen Beumer, Dirk Stemerding & Jac A. A. Swart - 2021 - Agriculture and Human Values 38 (2):525-539.
    This article explores the relation between innovation and resources that are governed as commons by looking at the governance of potato genetic resources, especially in the context of the emergence of hybrid diploid potato breeding that will enable potato propagation through true seeds. As a new breeding tool, hybrid diploid potato breeding may not only revolutionize traditional potato breeding practices, it may also strongly affect current governance modes of potato genetic resources as a commons. Contrary to conventional accounts of the (...)
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    Care for the Wild: An Integrative View on Wild and Domesticated Animals.Jac A. A. Swart - 2005 - Environmental Values 14 (2):251-263.
    Environmental ethics has to deal with the challenge of reconciling contrasting ecocentric and animal-centric perspectives. Two classic attempts at this reconciliation, which both adopted the metaphor of concentric circles, are discussed. It is concluded that the relationship between the animal and its environment, whether the latter is human or natural, should be a pivotal element of such reconciliation. An alternative approach is presented, inspired by care ethics, which proposes that caring for wild animals implies caring for their relationship to the (...)
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