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Growing Stories from IndiaReligion and the Fate of Agriculture$
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A. Whitney Sanford

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134123

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134123.001.0001

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The Ecological Imagination:

The Ecological Imagination:

From Paradigm to Practice

(p.12) Chapter 1 The Ecological Imagination:
Growing Stories from India

A. Whitney Sanford

University Press of Kentucky

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

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