Panel 6: Just Agricultural Futures
A Tale of Two Sofias: Contested Visions for an Argentine Agriculture in 2050
Ingrid Elísabet Feeney, University of California, Santa Barbara
This presentation explores the distinct modes of knowledge production which lie behind competing visions for the future of Argentine agriculture, using two figures as an entry point. The first is the animated star of one of Monsanto Argentina’s PR campaigns: Sofia, the nine billionth person on the planet, born January 1st, 2050. The second is an environmental justice activist, who is a core member of the ongoing four-year blockade against the construction of a Monsanto plant in Argentina (more).
Food Sovereignty: A strategy for generating a just future and reducing climate impacts
David Barkin, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
This talk introduces the concept of a food sovereignty approach to rural development. Through this approach’s forward looking strategy to social mobilization, its confrontation of the scourge of rural disintegration while also addressing the pressing issue of environmental balance, the presenter argues the necessity of such a system to bring about a more just and sustainable future. (more).
Tomorrow’s Fields: Social Farming in 2050
Catherine Day, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This talk imagines a U.S. agriculture in 2050 that has allowed for a resurgence of democratic input into farming, thereby shifting how agricultural knowledge. Such features of a new agricultural system will be discussed and how the new blending of ideas will spur innovation towards more ecologically-oriented agriculture practices that leave behind dependence on fossil fuels and embrace species diversity (more).
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