Our weekly gleanings present the latest happenings, research and writing in the tangled realms of culture and agriculture. This week: multi-species corporate-microbial collaborations, Marxist food theory and more.
What forms of alienation, instrumentalization and symbiosis are implied in Monsanto’s upcoming commercialization of beneficial microbes?
Will Nestle’s mysterious new sugar be accompanied by mysterious new relationships of power?
Why are Europe, North America and Australia absent from a new heat-map of smallholders?
Have Marx’s contributions as a food and farming theorist been understated?
Does scientists listening to the sound of corn growing qualify as sensuous scholarship?