Exploring Roots of Biodiversity Loss: A Casestudy of Farmers, Odsherred

Michelle Taagaard Jørgensen

Student thesis: Master thesis


The latest response from the European Green Deal underlines the importance of biodiversity, as food systems as well as human well-being are dependent on the benefits of thriving biodiversity and ecosystems. This dissertation investigates from a philosophical perspective how the challenge of biodiversity loss can be understood in the context of an agricultural system. Farming in the municipality of Odsherred has been studied through ethnographic methods, which is grounding an analysis of biodiversity at its current state. System-thinking frameworks are often used to understand the interactions and outcomes of a system. Thus, I argue that there might be an additional dimension that requires a reconsideration of the contemporary human condition. An influential economic worldview and an instrumentalised relation between human and nature derived from Hannah Arendt’s conception of alienation is identified in agricultural work as it is currently regulated and practiced. Through a system framework, the entanglements and interlinks effecting biodiversity loss are analysed from a situated perspective of a municipal area. Moreover, it is argued that influences from such could be a possible carrier for system change of the farming practices in Odsherred. Recognition of this is crucial in accepting the devastating consequences of unthriving biodiversity, including the urgent work of initiating potential necessary changes in agriculture.

EducationsMsc in Business Administration and Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages85
SupervisorsMaria J. Figueroa