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    ‘You can't eat data’?: Moving beyond the misconfigured innovations of smart farming

    Fraser, Alistair (2022) ‘You can't eat data’?: Moving beyond the misconfigured innovations of smart farming. Journal of Rural Studies, 91. pp. 200-207. ISSN 0743-0167

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    This paper presents a critical examination of smart farming. I follow other critical analyses in recognizing the centrality of innovation processes in generating smart farming products, services, arrangements, and problematic outcomes. I subsequently use insights from critical human geography scholarship on the significance of understanding topological transformations to move beyond interpretations that identify only a narrow range of smart farming problems, such as a lack of coordination or limited uptake by farmers. Instead, I examine a broader set of challenges produced by smart farming developments. The overriding concern, I argue, is that smart farming unfolds via the production of numerous ‘misconfigured innovations.’ Using insights from literature on responsible research and innovation I then probe the stakes of looking beyond the misconfigured innovations of smart farming and discuss how new technologies might come to play a role in producing emancipatory smart farming. I pay attention to research on the ‘internet of people,’ which paints a stark new picture of social life generally, and in particular how rural life might be computed and calculated according to new conceptualizations of sociality and spatiality.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Fraser, A. 2022, "‘You can't eat data’?: Moving beyond the misconfigured innovations of smart farming", Journal of rural studies, vol. 91, pp. 200-207.
    Keywords: Smart farming; Digital revolution; Precision agriculture; Agricultural innovation; Critical data studies; Critical agrarian studies;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 17648
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    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 12:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rural Studies
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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