Online Round Table Discussion: Emancipatory Transformations of Agriculture and Food Production: The Role of Technologies

by BioMat

October 4, 2022 | 7:00 pm

When we imagine a transformation towards emancipatory socio-ecological relations, we must consider the special role of agriculture. Capitalist agriculture’s global predation of human and extra-human nature is incompatible with socio-ecological relations seeking to reproduce and care for nature in an emancipatory manner. In taking concrete steps to change agriculture, we face corporate control of market-based agricultural systems, from seeds to supermarkets. This includes the power of ideological narratives according to which, without corporate giants, we simply could not “feed the world”.

Technologies are central to a transformation because they are the material mediators in how we pro-duce and distribute food. Specific technologies are also loci of power, whether as central mechanisms for enforcing property rights, generating data about landscapes and ecosystems, controlling workers, or setting and monitoring standards for productivity. In this event, we bring together experts representing movements that have imagined and put into practice a different way of relating to agriculture, and invite them to discuss the particular role of technologies.

We are interested in assessing the impacts of technological developments that are quickly becoming dominant in agriculture (e.g., digitalization, automation, real-time monitoring of global supply chains). How are current technologies changing the ways in which peasant and small-scale farming communities work? How are they shaping current struggles? And, in light of current struggles for alternative ways of producing food amidst this system: What is the emancipatory potential of current technologies? Can we work with them or do we need an new technological basis? If so, what could it look like?

Join us on October 4, 2022, 7 p.m. (CEST) for a round table discussion with Neth Daño (ETC Group, Philippines), Jasper Bernes  (UC Berkeley, USA), Andrea Vetter (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Germany)



This event is part of the public lecture series, ‘High-Tech Valorization of Nature: (Re)Production, Technology and Politics in Green Capitalist Projects’ hosted by the BioMaterialities Research Group at Humboldt University of Berlin.