Agriculture and Human Values (Agr Hum Val)

Publisher: Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Springer Verlag

Journal description

Agriculture and Human Values is the official journal of the Agriculture Food and Human Values Society. Since World War II agricultural production systems and food consumption patterns have undergone astonishing changes. Agricultural research has expanded the productive capacity of the world's farms tremendously but this expansion has raised questions about the sustainability of modern practices about the criteria for judging risks and benefits of chemical and biological technologies about the poor's entitlement to food production and safety in developing countries and about who will farm in the future and how. The Agriculture Food and Human Values Society is an organization of professionals dedicated to an open and free discussion of these and other related issues and to an understanding of the values that underlie alternative visions of the food and agricultural systems. The journal seeks to create educational and scholarly junctures among the humanities the social sciences food and nutrition studies and the agricultural disciplines and to promote an ethical social and biological understanding of agriculture. Contributions on a broad range of topics relating to the main theme are welcome. They should be addressed to a general academic readership while maintaining high standards of scholarship. The journal publishes essays on normative issues in assessing conventional and alternative food production marketing distribution and consumption systems on the sociology of knowledge in the areas of agriculture nutrition and food systems on the application of science and technology studies to agriculture and food systems on the philosophy of the applied agricultural sciences on critical theory applied to agriculturally related topics on social economic and agricultural development theory and on other value issues related to production and consumption systems including topics on environmental values and on animal welfare. It also publishes book reviews and reports. From time to time the editors will invite guest editors to plan issues on special themes. Submissions are double-blind reviewed from at least two disciplinary perspectives and where relevant the editors seek review comments from philosophers and social scientists as well as from the disciplines represented by the authors.

Current impact factor: 1.62

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.617
2013 Impact Factor 1.359
2012 Impact Factor 1.355
2011 Impact Factor 1.54
2010 Impact Factor 1.054
2009 Impact Factor 1.123
2008 Impact Factor 1.186
2007 Impact Factor 0.614
2006 Impact Factor 0.672
2005 Impact Factor 0.571

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.20
Cited half-life 7.60
Immediacy index 0.34
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.76
Website Agriculture and Human Values website
ISSN 1572-8366
OCLC 67323270
Material type Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article examines land-use changes by large-scale plantations in Ethiopia and evaluates the impacts thereof on soil organic carbon, micronutrients and bulk density. Remote sensing analysis and field research activities were undertaken at four large-scale plantation projects in Benshanguel Gumuz, Gambella, and Oromia regional states. Results show that the projects largely involved the conversion of both closed and open to closed forests and grasslands, which in turn reduced soil carbon stock and micronutrient levels and increased soil compaction. We argue that unless appropriate soil management activities and impact mitigation strategies are adopted by plantation proponents, these land-use changes will pose a serious threat to the long-term economic viability and sustainability of plantation agriculture in Ethiopia. This could undermine long-term ecosystem health and national food security.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Agriculture and Human Values
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Food production, water management, land use, and animal and public health are all topics of extensive public debate. These themes are linked to the core activities of the agricultural sector, and more specifically to the work of farmers. Nonetheless, the ethical discussions are mostly initiated by interest groups in society rather than by farmers. At least in Europe, consumer organizations and animal welfare and environmental organizations are more present in the public debate than farmers. This is not how it should be. First, because consumers often cannot but rely on agriculture. Second, because recent research shows that farmers have moral beliefs and convictions that appear to be broader than economic considerations and that are—to a certain extent—specific to their profession. This raises the question how to make input from farmers operational in the public debates on the future of farming. We discuss one option: entrusting farmers with professional autonomy concerning moral matters related to farming. We sketch the historical background of the current situation in which farmers are relatively silent on moral matters and we present some clear indications that farmers have values and moral beliefs that are relevant for the public debate. Next the concepts of professionalism and professional autonomy are discussed and applied to the practice of farming. Finally, we discuss the relevance and limits of professional moral autonomy for the agricultural profession. We close with an overview of what this moral autonomy implies for and requires from farmers in practice. We conclude that if some preconditions are met by farmers, then this type of moral autonomy can be relevant for farmers and for society, and contributes to the quality of the public debate on the future of farming.
    Preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Agriculture and Human Values

  • No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Agriculture and Human Values
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    ABSTRACT: Food security scholarship and policy tends to embrace the nutrition status of individual men, women and children as the end-goal of food security efforts. While there has been much value in investigating and trying to ensure sufficient nutrition for struggling households around the world, this overriding emphasis on nutrition status has reduced our understandings of what constitutes food adequacy. While token attention has been paid to more qualitative ideas like “cultural appropriateness,” food security scholars and policy makers have been unable to understand the broader value of food, which exceeds its caloric and nutrient counts. Drawing on empirical work from Medellín, Colombia, the paper argues that having adequate food means much more than simply sufficient nutrient intake, perhaps especially among marginalized groups. Exploring the case of food insecure women from Colombia who were forcibly displaced from rural to urban, we demonstrate how understandings of food adequacy must consider the social and environmental imaginaries of marginalized groups.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Agriculture and Human Values