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Population growth provides the basis for a utilitarian argument for intensification, and traditional virtues of leadership might provide an ethic for pursuing intensification for the good of society. In modern societies, the authority to pursue such good is constrained by the rights of others. It is critical, therefore, to articulate the ethical rationale for undertaking projects of intensification in terms that draw upon each of the traditions available for specifying and critically evaluating an ethical responsibility. Omitting any one of these ways of framing ethical issues results in a weakened capacity to articulate, debate and ultimately assume ethical responsibilities that may arise in connection with population growth and the attendant imperatives for intensification. ·

FAO/20722/A. PROTO



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