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Many Meats and Many Milks? The Ontological Politics of a Proposed Post-animal Revolution

Jönsson, Erik LU ; Linné, Tobias LU and McCrow Young, Ally (2019) In Science as Culture 28(1). p.70-97
Abstract
Today plant-based alternatives to animal-agricultural products are made available or developed alongside ‘cultured’ meat, and products utilising genetic modification. To proponents, this signifies the emergence of ‘cellular agriculture’ as a food-production field or the possibility of a ‘post-animal bioeconomy’: a way to safely and sustainably produce animal products without animals. Drawing on previous work on ontological politics enables acknowledging how these novel objects unsettle animal products’ ontological stability, thereby offering a practical case of how the world is multiply produced. An important emphasis within this tradition is the situated nature of reality-making practices. Consequently our analysis, focusing on different... (More)
Today plant-based alternatives to animal-agricultural products are made available or developed alongside ‘cultured’ meat, and products utilising genetic modification. To proponents, this signifies the emergence of ‘cellular agriculture’ as a food-production field or the possibility of a ‘post-animal bioeconomy’: a way to safely and sustainably produce animal products without animals. Drawing on previous work on ontological politics enables acknowledging how these novel objects unsettle animal products’ ontological stability, thereby offering a practical case of how the world is multiply produced. An important emphasis within this tradition is the situated nature of reality-making practices. Consequently our analysis, focusing on different practices, sites and objects compared to influential studies of ontological politics, necessitates bringing in hitherto relatively unexplored political-economic relations and legal processes. As global processes and problem formulations, laboratories, and national or regional regulations come together to remake realities the ontological-political dynamics determining the fate of cellular agriculture or a post-animal bioeconomy becomes shaped by a combination of conflicts and budding collaborations between proponents of new technologies and established livestock interests. Understanding these dynamics requires tracing both how post-animal products reshape the world they are introduced into, and acknowledging the friction evident as reality-carrying objects leave their laboratories. (Less)
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Meat, Milk, Biotechnology, Ontological politics, Food
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Science as Culture
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28
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Taylor & Francis
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0950-5431
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10.1080/09505431.2018.1544232
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  author       = {Jönsson, Erik and Linné, Tobias and McCrow Young, Ally},
  issn         = {0950-5431},
  keyword      = {Meat,Milk,Biotechnology,Ontological politics,Food},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {70--97},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Science as Culture},
  title        = {Many Meats and Many Milks? The Ontological Politics of a Proposed Post-animal Revolution},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09505431.2018.1544232},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2019},
}