The agri-food sector is seeing a tidal wave of high-tech innovation. With the backing of venture capital, scientists cum entrepreneurs are deploying new techniques in synthetic biology, tissue engineering, digitization, robotics, artificial intelligence, material science, and other fields, with the aim of both improving upon and disrupting conventional farming and food. Although much of the financial investment is speculative and the technologies promissory, the aspiration to radically transform how food is produced, distributed, consumed, and disposed of bears interrogation, especially given the potential for profound, if still uncertain, ecological and social consequences. Papers in this session draw on political ecology, feminist science studies, critical race, political economy and other relevant frameworks to address emerging questions at the intersections of technology, food/farming, and future-making.
|Presenter||Sarah Ruth Sippel*, , Engineering land’s financial future with digital technologies and big data||15||11:10 AM|
|Presenter||Sarah Franzen*, Louisiana State University, Perceiving Agricultural Impact: A comparison of approaches||15||11:25 AM|
|Presenter||Summer Sullivan*, University of California, Santa Cruz, Facial Recognition for Plants: Individual Optimization in the Age of Surveillance Farming||15||11:40 AM|
|Presenter||Hilary Faxon*, UC Berkeley, Small Farmers, Big Tech: Reshaping agrarian commerce, knowledge and connection through Myanmar Facebook||15||11:55 AM|
|Discussant||Emily Reisman University At Buffalo||15||12:10 PM|
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