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Popular Articles, Staff Papers, Proceedings, Abstracts and Ephemera

P. B. Thompson and M. List. “Standards,” In Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource Ed. J. Britt Holbrook. Vol. 4. 2nd ed. (Farmington Hills, MI: 2015, Macmillan Reference) pp. 252-253.

P. B. Thompson and S. Noll. “Agricultural Ethics,” In Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource Ed. J. Britt Holbrook. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. (Farmington Hills, MI: 2015, Macmillan Reference) pp.35-42.

World Health Organization (WHO)/Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)/Foundation of the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). The Guidance Framework for field testing genetically engineered mosquitoes. TDR, June, 2014,169 pp.  ISBN: ISBN 978 92 4 150748 6 Available at:

P.B. Thompson and S. Noll. “Agricultural Ethics and Social Justice,” In: Neal Van Alfen, editor-in-chief. Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 1, San Diego: Elsevier; 2014. pp. 81-91

P. B. Thompson and M. List, “Agriculture” in Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles and Practices (Detroit, MI: 2013, Macmillan) pp. 10-18

P. B. Thompson, “Thomas Jefferson on Sustainability,” Integrated Network on Social Sustainability (INSS), University of North Carolina Charlotte, March 25, 2013,

P. B. Thompson, “Exploring Agriculture and Environmental Philosophy: An East-West Exchange,” HIS Newsletter, Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Science, National Taiwan University, June, 2012, pp. 1-9.

P. B. Thompson, “What Approaches Are Most Likely to Encourage Best Management Practices? Process Standards as Responses to Collective Action Dilemmas,” Panel Contribution to National Research Council, A National Summit on Strategies to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds, Washington DC, May 10, 2012, Summary Online:

P. B. Thompson, “The GMO Salmon Struggle,” Science Progress Sept. 23, 2011,

P. B. Thompson, “Economics,” in The Continuum Companion to Pragmatism, S. Pihlström, ed. London and New York: 2011, Continuum International Publishing Group, pp. 173-182.

P. B. Thompson, “Is Our Agricultural Technology Innovation System Up to 21st Century Challenges?” Science Progress Nov. 24, 2010,

P. B. Thompson, “Paul B. Thompson,” in Sustainability Ethics: 5 Questions R. Raffaelle, W. Robison and E. Selinger, eds. Milton Keynes, UK: 2010, Automatic Press VIP, pp. 243-260.

P. B. Thompson, “Informing the Genetically Engineered Crop Debate,” Science Progress, Sept. 7, 2010,

P. B. Thompson, “Ethical and Practical Implications of Food Animal Agriculture,” in Proceedings: Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic and Social Issues, R. Reynnells, and L. M. Chimenti, eds., Washington, DC/Ames, IA, 2010: USDA and Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, pp. 49; 288-294.

P. B. Thompson, “Philosophy of Agricultural Technology,” in Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences, Handbook of the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 9 A. Meijers, ed. Amsterdam: 2009, Elsevier North-Holland, pp. 1257-1273.

P. B. Thompson, “Agrifood Nanotechnology: Is This Anything?” in Ethical Futures: Bioscience and Food Horizons, K. Millar, P. Hobson West, and B. Nerlich, eds. Wageningen, NL: 2009, Wageningen University Press, pp. 34-37.

P. B. Thompson, “Agrifood Nanotechnology: Is This Anything New?” in SPT 2009: Converging Technologies, Changing Societies, Enschede, NL: 2009, The University of Twente, pp. 93-94.

P. B. Thompson, “Agriculture,” in The Spirit of Sustainability: Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Vol. 1, W. Jenkins, ed. Great Barrington, MA: 2009, Berkshire Publishing Group, pp. 11-14.

P.B. Thompson, “Bioethics,” in A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology, J. K. B. Olsen, S. A. Pedersen and V. F. Hendricks, Eds. New York: 2009, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 397-401.

P. B. Thompson, M. Joseph and M. Nestle, “Dialogue: The Ethics of Food,” Lahey Clinic Journal of Medical Ethics Spring 2009, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp 6-8.

P. B. Thompson, “Farm Feelings and Farm Evidence,” Science Progress, June 16, 2009,

 P. B. Thompson, “Agricultural Biofuels: Two Ethical Issues,” NABC Report 20: Reshaping American Agriculture to Meet its Biofuel and Biopolymer Roles A. Eaglesham and R. W. F. Hardy, Eds., Ithaca, NY: 2009, NABC, pp. 158-167.

 P. B. Thompson, “Can Agricultural Biotechnology Help the Poor?” Science Progress, June 8, 2009:

J. A. Mench, E. A. Pajor, H. James and P. B. Thompson. The Welfare of Animals in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Technical Report to the Pew Commission on Industrial Animal Production, 2008.

P. B. Thompson, “Is the GMO Controversy Relevant to Computer Ethics?” ACM Ubiquity Vol. 9, Issue 2, Jan. 15, 2008,

P. B. Thompson, “Ethical Bases of Sustainability,” in Sustainable Food Production and Ethics: Preprints of the 7th Congress of the European Society for Agriculture and Food Ethics, W. Zollitsch, C. Winkler, S. Saiblinger and A. Haslberger, Eds. Wageningen, NL: 2007, Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 63-68.

P. B. Thompson, “Technological Ethics in University-Industry Partnerships: The Best of Both Worlds?” NABC Report 18: Agricultural Biotechnology: Economic Growth Through New Products, Partnerships and Workforce Development Ithaca, NY: 2007, NABC, pp. 199-207.

Ethical Issues in Cloning and Genetic Engineering of Animals. Report available on the Pew website:;  Streaming video of Oct, 2006 workshop:

P. B. Thompson, “Foreword,” Robert L. Zimdahl, Agriculture’s Ethical Horizon, New York: 2006, The Academic Press, pp. xi-xviii.

P. B. Thompson, “The Ethics of Livestock Production,” Livestock Horizons: CSIRO Livestock Industries Research Magazine 2(1): 10-12, February 2006.

P. B. Thompson, “Untitled,” in Exploring the Moral and Ethical Aspects of Genetically Engineered and Cloned Animals Summary of a Multi-Stakeholder Workshop, The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, Rockville, MD, December, 2005, pp. 14-19.

Jeffrey Burkhardt, Gary Comstock, Peter G. Hartel, and Paul B. Thompson. “Agricultural Ethics,” CAST Issue Paper Number 29, February 2005. Council on Agricultural Science and Technology, Ames, IA, 12 pp.

P. B. Thompson, “Justice, Human Rights and Ethics Issues In Science And Technology Policy,” from Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, [] [Retrieved June 29, 2005] 12 pp.

P. B. Thompson, “Animal Rights, Animal Wefare and Animal Well-being: How to Communicate with the Outside World,” in Local and Global Considerations in Animal Agriculture: The Big Picture, R. Reynnells, Ed. Washington, DC: 2004, USDA/CSREES/PAS, pp. 22-31.

P. B. Thompson, “Agriculture and Food Issues in the Bioethics Spectrum,” Medical Humanities Report May 2004, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University, pp. 1-4.

P. B. Thompson and Toby Ten Eyck, “Perception and Ethics as Considerations Relating to Genetic Engineering of Food and Biomass Crops,” Applications of Biotechnology to Mitigation of Greenhouse Warming: Proceedings of the St. Michaels II Workshop, April 2003. N. J. Rosenberg, F. B. Metting and R. C. Izaurralde, Eds. Columbus, OH: 2004, Battelle Press, pp. 159-178.

P. B. Thompson, “City and Country: The Continuing Tension—Challenges in Defining Urban Agriculture and Opportunities for Expanding Conventional Definitions,” Proceedings of the Symposium Urban Agriculture: Emerging Opportunities in Science, Education and Policy. Tim D. Davis and Victor Gibeault, Eds. Dallas, TX, 2002  pp. 13-20.

P. B. Thompson, “Balancing the Requirements of Society, Pig and Producer,” 2002 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference V. 29, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, pp. 192-194.

P. B. Thompson, “Preface,” Swine Care Handbook DesMoines, IA: 2002, National Pork Board, pp. i-ii.

P. B. Thompson, “The Legacy of Positivism and the Role of Ethics in the Animal Sciences (Abstract)” Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, Midlothian, UK: 2002, BSAS, pp. 242-243.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, Urban and Agricultural Communities: Opportunities for Common Ground. Ames, IA: CAST, R138. May 2002. 124 pp.

P. B. Thompson, “Bioethics and Public Confidence: Concerns for Biotechnology at the Turn of the Century,” Biotechnology International 3(2001): 61-65.

P. B. Thompson, “Property Rights: A Philosophical Perspective,” in Property Rights: A Primer. Neil Meyer, Ed. University of Idaho Cooperative Extension Bulletin 834, September 2001, pp. 19-22.

2. P. B. Thompson. Food and Agricultural Biotechnology: Incorporating Ethical Considerations. Ottowa: 2000, Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, 40 pp. Also available in French: Intégration de facteurs d’éthique à la biotechnologie alimentaire et agricole. Ottowa: 2000, Comité consultatif canadien de la biotechnologie.

J. Burkhardt, P. B. Thompson, and T. R. Peterson. “The First European Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics and Follow-up Workshop on Ethics and Food Biotechnology: A US Perspective,” Agriculture and Human Values 17(2000): 327-332.

P. B. Thompson, “Consumer Acceptance of Biotechnology: Can It Be Assured?” Agricultures Magazine 3(3) Summer 2000, p. 24.

P. B. Thompson, “The Reshaping of Conventional Farming: A North American Perspective,” EurSafe 2000 Preprints Paul Robinson, Ed. Copenhagen, DK: 2000, Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, pp. 53-60.

P. B. Thompson, “Privacy, Secrecy and Security,” Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry—Proceedings for CEPE 2000.  D.G. Johnson, J.H. Moor, and H.T. Tavani, Eds. Hanover, NH: 2000, Dartmouth College, pp 305-316.

P. B. Thompson, “The Ethics of Gene Technology: The Emergent Paradigm of Consumer Concerns,” Proceedings: Genetically Engineering and Cloning Animals: Science Society and Industry, Park City Utah, June 17-20, 2000, 2 pp, unpagenated.

A. A. Schmid and P. B. Thompson, Against Mechanism: Methodology for an Evolutionary Economics Michigan State University Department of Agricultural Economics Staff Paper No. 99-39, 1999, 15 pp.

P. B. Thompson, “Revitalizing Agrarian Values,” Agrarian Advocate Winter 1999, p 3, 20.

Contributions to J. M. Shuman, Ed., Ethical Issues in Biotechnology, Boston, MA: 1998, The Foundation for Nutritional Advancement.

P. B. Thompson, “A Revitalized Production Ethic for Agriculture,” Earth Ethics 9(3&4): 1, 3-5; Spring/Summer 1998.

P. B. Thompson, “Sustainability: What It Is and What It Is Not,” Agro-ecology News and Perspectives 7(1):1-8 (1998).

P. B. Thompson and L. E. Lanyon, “Manure Management and Moral Community,” Purdue Core 4: Conservation for Agriculture’s Future, 1998.

P. B. Thompson and L. E. Lanyon, “Manure Management and Moral Community,” in Manure Management in Harmony with the Environment and Society Extended Abstracts of Papers and Posters Presented Feb. 10-12, 1998, Ames Iowa, The Soil and Water Conservation Society, pp. 8-11.

P.B. Thompson, “Ethics and Food Safety,” in Social Construction of Safe Food: Health, Ethics and Safety in Late Modernity Workshop Report No. 5/97,Center for Rural Research, Trondheim, Norway, April 5, 1998, pp. 71-92.

P. B. Thompson, Final Report, Project SBE-9121770, The National Science Foundation, March 26, 1998, 19 pages.

P. B. Thompson, “Public Understanding and Acceptance: Ethical Issues,” in Transgenic Animals and Food Production, Proceedings from an International Workshop in Stockholm, May 1997, A. Nilsson, ed. Stockhom: 1997, Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, pp. 145-151.

P. B. Thompson, “Toward a Discourse Ethics for Animal Biotechnology,” Biotechnology International F.Fox and T.H.Connor, eds. (San Francisco: 1997, Universal Medical Press), pp. 35-39.

P. B. Thompson, “Conceptions of Sustainability and the Industrialization of Livestock Farming,” LUDUS VITALIS: Revista de Filosofía de las Ciencias de la Vida Número especial 2, 1997, (Memorias de Tecnología, Desarrollo Económico y Sustenatabilidad, la IX Conferencia Internacional de la Society for Philosophy and Technology, Puebla, Mexico, 1996) pp. 143-156.

Task Force on Animal Well-being, The Well-being of Agricultural Animals, Council on Agricultural Science and Technology, Task Force Report No. 130, September 1997.

P. B. Thompson and A. Nardone, “Sustainable Livestock Production: Methodological and Ethical Challenges: Abstract,” Book of Abstracts of the 48th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production, (Wageningen, The Netherlands: 1997, Wageningen Press), p 188.

P. B. Thompson, “The Cloning Debate,” Center for Science and Technology Policy Newsletter, May-June 1997, 6(6): 1-4.

P. B. Thompson and A. P. Thurow, “Toward a Conceptual Framework for Analysis of Animal Agriculture and Environmental Quality Issues,” Center for Science and Technology Policy Newsletter, March-April 1997, 6(5): 1-4.

P. B. Thompson, “Tying It All Together,” Agricultural Biotechnology: Novel Products and New Partnerships, NABC Report 8, R. W. F. Hardy and J. B. Segelken, Eds. Ithaca, NY: 1996, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, pp 13-22.

L. E. Lanyon and P. B. Thompson, “Changing Emphasis of Farm Production,” in Animal Agriculture and the Environment: Nutrients, Pathogens and Community Relations, Proceedings from the Animal Agriculture and the Environment North American Conference, Rochester, New York, December 11-13, 1996, Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service, NRAES-96, pp. 15-28.

P.B. Thompson, “Plant and Animal Biotechnology’s Challenge to Cultural Integrity and Individual Consent,” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics Discussion Paper CBPE 96-12, December 1996.

P.B. Thompson, “Biotechnology Policy: Four Ethical Problems and Three Political Solutions,” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics Discussion Paper CBPE 96-5, June 1996.

W.H. Neill, D. M. Vietor and P. B. Thompson, “Learning Systems: One Scenario for Systemic Change,” in Revolutionizing Higher Education in Agriculture, H.O. Kunkel, Ian L. Maw and C.L. Skaggs, eds.  (Ames, IA: 1996, Robson & Associates Publishers), pp 95-101.

Ad Hoc Conference on Science, Technology and Democracy, P. Thompson, Chair. Science, Technology and Democracy: Research on Issues of Governance and Change prepared for the National Science Foundation, 1995.

P. B. Thompson, “The Moral Significance of Land,” Institution for Social and Policy Studies Report, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Volume 1, No. 2, Spring 1995 pp. 20 & 22.

P. B. Thompson, “Food Security and Technocentrism in Agriculture,” in An Environmental Ethics Perspective on Canadian Policy for Sustainable Development, The Institute for Research on Environment and Economy, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, 1995, pp 205-216.

P. B. Thompson, “Ethical Worldviews and Decision Making in Agriculture,” in Decision Making and Agriculture: The Role of Ethics, K. Beesley, S. Burns, M. Campbell and P. Sanger, Eds. Truro, Nova Scotia: Rural Research Centre, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, 1995, pp. 3-17.

D. M. Vietor, A. F. Johnson, B. L. Harris, M. L. Wolfe, and P. B. Thompson, “Probabilistic Tools for Assessing and Minimizing Risks to Water Quality,” Clean Water, Clean Environments for the 21st Century: Working to Protect Water Resources, Proceedings of a Conference March 5-8, 1995, Kansas City, MO.. St. Joseph, MI: American Society of Agricultural Engineering, 299-302.

P. B. Thompson, “Environmental Responsibility and the Ecology of the Virtues,” in Ecology and Democracy: The Challenge of the 21st Century, I. Hanousková, M. Lapka and E Cudlinová, eds. NEBE s.r.o., Krajinská 7, 370 01 Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic, 1994, pp 40-42.

P. B. Thompson, “Ethical Issues and Animal Biotechnology,” in Proceedings of the International Workshop on Animal Biotechnology Issues, M. McGloughlin, Ed. The Biotechnology Program, University of California, Davis, April 1994, 38-9.

P. B. Thompson, “Environment, Development and the Rhetoric of International Consensus,” in Proceedings of the Conference on Communication and Our Environment, J. G. Cantrill and M. J. Killingsworth, Eds. (AuSable, MI: 1994, Northern Michigan University), pp. 179-185.

P.B. Thompson, R. Stricklin, P. Siegel, A. Rowan, and B. Rollin, “Well-Being of Production Animals: A Diversity of Vewpoints,” Proceedings of Fair ‘95 Symposium on Food Animal Research Priorities, Kansas City, Missouri, October 18-20, 1992 (published 1993).

P. B. Thompson and J. C. Swanson, “Public Issues and Concerns,” in Food Animal Well-Being.  West Lafayette, IN: USDA and Purdue University, 1993.

P. B. Thompson, “A New Agenda For the Humanities in Development,” White Paper Prepared for the Rockefeller Foundation, Arts and Humanities Division, October 1993.

E. M. Leigh, D. M. Vietor, P. B. Thompson, and M. L. Wolfe, “Probabilisitic Risk Assessment for Dairy Waste Systems,” Proceedings of the American Society of Agricultural Engineering, St. Joseph, MI: Amercian Society of Agricultural Engineers, Summer 1993, 24 pp.

P. B. Thompson, “Ethics and Agricultural Biotechnology,” Science of Food and Agriculture 5(1):8-9, Jan. 1993.

P. B. Thompson, “Food Labels and Biotechnology: The Ethics of Safety and Consent,” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics, Texas A&M University. Discussion Paper CBPE 93-1, Jan. 1993.

P.B. Thompson and J.A. Shadduck, “NABC 4: Animal Biotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges: An Overview,” NABC News 5(1):6, Summer 1992.

P. B. Thompson, “Concepts of Property and the Biotechnology Debate,” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics, Texas A&M University. Discussion Paper CBPE 92-11, Nov. 1992.

W. P. Browne, J.R. Skees, L.E. Swanson, P.B. Thompson, and L.J. Unnevehr, “Stewardship Values: Still Valid for the 21st Century?” Choices.  Third Quarter: 20-25, 1992.

P. B. Thompson, “Emphasizing the Humanities and Social Sciences,” Agriculture and the Undergraduate.  National Research Council, 1992, Washington, DC, pp. 208-219

P. B. Thompson, “Animal Welfare and Animal Rights: An Overview.” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics, Texas A&M University.  Discussion Paper CBPE 92-1, March 1992.

J. Murray, P.B. Thompson and R. Piggott, “Transgenic Animals,” National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Report 3: Agricultural Biotechnology at the Crossroads: Biological Social and Institutional Concerns, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca, NY: pp. 38-43, 1992.

F. M. Byers and P.B. Thompson, “Animal Growth Biotechnology In a Quandary,” National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Report 3: Agricultural Biotechnology at the Crossroads: Biological Social and Institutional Concerns, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca, NY: pp. 264-299, 1992.

P.B. Thompson, “Constitutional Values and the Costs of American Food,” in Understanding the True Costs of Food: Considerations for a Sustainable Food System. (Greenbelt, MA: 1991, Institute for Alternative Agriculture, Inc.) pp. 64-74.

P. B. Thompson, “Philosophies of Property and Their Relevance to Biotechnology,” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics, Texas A&M University.  CBPE 91-11, Dec. 1991.

P. B. Thompson, “Ethical Issues and BST,” Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics, Texas A&M University.  Discussion Paper CBPE 91-8, June 1991.

G.L. Johnson and P.B. Thompson, “Ethical Issues in Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology Leaflet Series, B.R. Baumgardt and M.A. Martin, eds., Purdue Agricultural Experiment Station, 1991.

P. B. Thompson, “Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Safety: Ethical Issues in the Evaluation of Risk.”  Center for Biotechnology Policy and Ethics, Texas A&M University.  Discussion Paper CBPE 91-1, Jan. 1991.

P. B. Thompson, Social and Ethical Problems in Desert Locust Eradication for Africa, White Paper submitted to the Office of Technology Assessment, U. S. Congress, Jan. 1989.

W. Lacy, J.L. Compton, R. Freed, L Johnson and P.B. Thompson, Joint Indo-U.S. Impact Evaluation, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University and Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidayalaya, to the United States Agency for International Development, Nov. 1987. 

P. B. Thompson, “Philosophy of Social Science and Ethics,” Proceedings of the Phase I Workshop, Social Science Agricultural Agenda Project, June 9-11, 1987, Neill Schaller, compiler, available from Resources and Technology Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

P. B. Thompson, “A Syllabus for Agricultural Ethics,” FP 86-9, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, July 1986.

P. B. Thompson, “Writing and Thinking in Agricultural Ethics,” FP 86-6, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, April 1986.

P. B. Thompson, “Teaching Agricultural Ethics in the Agricultural Economics Curriculum,” FP 86-5, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, April 1986.

P. B. Thompson, “On the Nature of Ethics and Values with Application to Agricultural Issues,” FP 86-1, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, January 1986.