Responsible Innovation for Life: Five Challenges Agriculture Offers for Responsible Innovation in Agriculture and Food, and the Necessity of an Ethics of Innovation

Bart Gremmen*, Vincent Blok, Bernice Bovenkerk

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Abstract

In this special issue we will investigate, from the perspective of agricultural ethics (e.g. animal welfare, agricultural and food ethics, environmental ethics etc.) the potential to develop a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach to agriculture, and the limitations to such an enterprise. RRI is an emerging field in the European research and innovation (R&I) policy context that aims to balance economic, socio-cultural and environmental aspects in innovation processes. Because technological innovations can contribute significantly to the solution of societal challenges like climate change or food security, but can also have negative societal consequences, it is assumed that social and ethical aspects should be considered during the R&I process. For this reason, the emerging concept of RRI calls for ethical reflection on the nature, scope and applicability of responsibility and innovation in innovation practices in general, and the way social–ethical issues can be applied and addressed in agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-679
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Volume32
Issue number5-6
Early online date18 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Citizen inclusion
  • Drones
  • Ecological management
  • Gene editing
  • Responsible innovation

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