Engineering the Future of Food and Agriculture 4: Contested Futures

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: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
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 Mascha Gugganig*, University of Ottawa, From Organic Farming, to Agroecology, to Digitization: uniting divergent approaches in EU policy imaginaries of sustainable agriculture 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Kelly Bronson*, University of Ottawa, Data-driven: Agribusiness, activists and their shared politics of the future 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Anya Kaplan-Seem*, University of Minnesota, Future Farm Prototype: North Dakota’s moonshot to be the world leader in automated agriculture 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Susanne Freidberg*, Dartmouth College, Regenerating Big Food 15 5:25 PM
Discussant Sarah Ruth Sippel 15 5:40 PM

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