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 Martin*, Memorial University, Charles Mather*, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Salmon Aquafeeds: aspirational futures and commonplace extractions||15||3:05 PM|
|Presenter||Kristin Reynolds*, Independent Scholar, New York, NY; Lecturer, The New School; Lecturer, Yale F&ES, Urban Agriculture and the 21st Century Agrarian Transformation?: Ag-tech, Ag Policy, and the Agrarian Question||15||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Marygold Walsh-Dilley*, University of New Mexico, Goosefoot on the run: who controls quinoa’s genetic future, and for what purpose?||15||3:35 PM|
|Presenter||Karly Burch*, University of Otago, Katharine Legun, Wageningen University, Hugh Campbell, University of Otago, 1. Can we talk about this? The role of intellectual property in the collaborative design of new agricultural technologies||15||3:50 PM|
|Discussant||Julie Guthman Univ of California Santa Cruz||15||4:05 PM|
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