Engineering the Future of Food and Agriculture 2: Pushing Boundaries

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 38
Organizers: Emily Reisman, Julie Guthman
Chairs: Julie Guthman


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Emily Reisman*, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Sanitizing Agri-Food Tech: the Covid-19 pandemic risks depoliticizing entrepreneurial projects 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Kathryn De Master*, UC Berkeley, Anand Raj Kumar, University of California, Berkeley, Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz, Michaelanne Butler*, University of California, Santa Cruz, Moonshot versus Mundane: Mapping the Landscape of the Agri-Food Tech Sector 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Russell Hedberg*, Shippensburg University, Venture Capital, Techno-Fixes, and the Crisis of Animal Agriculture 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Gretchen Sneegas*, Texas A&M University, “Making the Desert Bloom”: Unconventional water and reconfiguring agri-social relations in Israel 15 2:15 PM
Discussant Mascha Gugganig University of Ottawa 15 2:30 PM

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