Contemporary food provision is largely dominated by agri-capitalism. Using the body of the chicken, the world's most pervasive source of meat protein, this paper tracks the interplay between materiality, spatiality, and temporality within agri-capitalism. It examines the myriad ways in which agri-capitalism distorts space, time, and materiality and deploys them as “fixes” to crises. It illustrates how these fixes reverberate back and forth between production and consumption to shape the spaces of alternative and mainstream food provision alike. It argues that the seemingly distinct spaces of consumption and production are in fact mutually construed and interdependent, and consequently, that shifts in consumptive practices, discourses, or temporalities and materialities cannot in themselves redress the implicit structural inequalities of agri-capitalism. This paper closes with thoughts on an insurgent food politics through which the spaces and possibilities of food can be reimagined.
The Shocking Materialities and Temporalities of Agri-capitalism
Benjamin Coles is Lecturer in Economic and Political Geography at the University of Leicester, UK. His main research interests include the geographies of commodities and markets, focusing on the geographical practices surrounding foodstuffs, from production to consumption. More recently his interests have turned toward theorizing the Food-Water-Energy “Nexus,” and he is currently a co-investigator on the two-year ESRC-Newton funded project, “(Re)Connect the Nexus: Young Brazilians’ Experiences of and Learning about Food-Water-Energy.”
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Benjamin Coles; The Shocking Materialities and Temporalities of Agri-capitalism. Gastronomica 1 August 2016; 16 (3): 5–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2016.16.3.5
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