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Crop science, the Heisenberg Principle and resistance to Genetically Modified Organisms

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Governing Agricultural Sustainability: Global Lessons from GM Crops on 26/26/2015, available online: https://www.routledge.com/Governing-Agricultural-Sustainability-Global-lessons-from-GM-crops-1st/Macnaghten-Carro-Ripalda/p/book/9781138891821

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning Agricultural Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Lessons from GM Crops
EditorsP M McNaughten, Susana Carro-Ripalda
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315709468
ISBN (Print)9781138891777, 9781138891821
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2015

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NamePathways to Sustainability


This commentary, by theologian and ethicist Michael Northcott, contextualizes the findings of the GMFuturos study within a broader narrative of the disconnect between agricultural science and everyday food practices. What crop scientists commonly miss, he argues, is the relationality that exists between people and land, and between culture and agriculture. Using the TV series Breaking Bad as a metaphor for GM crops, and the ancient Greek idea of poïesis as a resource, Northcott points to practices involved in the making of food as a source of goodness, truth, beauty and freedom, and as a response to the gradual neoliberal collectivization of agriculture by private corporations

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  • agriculture, sustainability, GM crops

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