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||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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