Refusal as Radical Care? Moving Beyond Modern Industrial Agriculture

Saurabh Arora, Barbara Van Dyck

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In this contribution we approach the refusal of modern industrial agriculture, as an act of radical care. We begin by recognizing the unprecedented crises of biodiversity losses and climate disruptions, amidst widespread inequality in a global pandemic, which are linked with modern agricultural development. This development is underpinned by the objectification of ‘nature’ that is designed into strategies and technologies of extraction and control like chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hybrid seeds, genetic engineering and digitalization. Refusal of strategies and technologies of modern objectification, we argue, is an act of radical care that is geared towards nurturing alternatives grounded in the Earth’s pluriverse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-258
Number of pages7
Issue number3-4
Early online date27 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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  • Modernity
  • Coloniality
  • Objectification
  • Control
  • Agroecology
  • Decoloniality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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