The Ecological Imagination:

A. Whitney Sanford

in Growing Stories from India

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134123
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135915 | DOI:
 The Ecological Imagination:

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This chapter presents and contextualizes one of the book's central questions: How can we balance the human need for agricultural production with the needs of the biotic community? It explores how myth and story shape and reflect existing practices and suggests that we can deliberately interrogate these myths in the context of the moral imagination as it relates to food and agriculture. Exploring the story of the Hindu agricultural deity and the Goddess Yamuna River helps us consider human relations with the earth in an agricultural context because this Hindu narrative represents an honest wrestling with the dilemma of human need and human approaches to the natural world.

Keywords: narrative; Yamuna River; moral imagination; agriculture; Hinduism; environmental ethics; food

Chapter.  5794 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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