These recorded webinars (held on 29 & 30 June 2022) provide an introduction to the digitalisation of food systems from seed to stomach (also known as the 4.0 revolution in food and agriculture). You can view them on YouTube and we are compiling additional materials: please find all relevant links below.
Session 1: Power and technology: the digital food chain | By ETC Group
What is “the digital food chain" and what networks of power are behind it? What are the technologies involved in the "digitalisation'' of each link of the agrifood chain? What is the role of artificial intelligence and data mining? We explore the connections between big corporate tech and food players and digital platforms, assess corporate concentration in these sectors, and unpack the role States play when it comes to deploying technologies and enabling monopolistic practices. We introduce the concept and political implications of bio-digital convergence.
Session 2: Food, data, and capitalism: a new business model | By IT For Change
We explore key elements enabling us to better understand the new digital economy and surveillance capitalism, and how it is being applied to food. What is the connection to green capitalism and the financialisation of nature? What is data in this context, and particularly, data for food systems (also increasingly known as “surveillance agriculture”). We share elements of the geopolitics of digital deployment (for example, China’s creation of a Digital Silk Route).
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