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||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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