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Global South Inequality: The Agribusiness threat and the Lower Class Resistance 
Avinash Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
Aaron Schneider (University of Denver)
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Politics and political economy
Edith Morley 280
Thursday 29 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The expanding agribusiness threatens to destroy the environment and undermine nutrition. As a result, the lives and livelihoods of millions of the poorest of the Global South are affected disproportionately. This RT will discuss the agribusiness crisis and popular resistance and alternatives.

Long Abstract:

We are facing a climate and food crisis. However, the dominant knowledge production system of the global North has obscured the threat to the Earth by presenting this crisis in the Anthropocene as a "very narrowly economic and technological one," suggesting only "ameliorative measures together with mechanistic solutions such as carbon markets and geoengineering". COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that these solutions only re-boosts capitalist economies, serve dominant elites, including the agribusiness interests, even as capitalism pushes humanity (human and natural history together) towards a spiraling disaster. The incongruence of market solutions and polluting realities are exemplified by the sponsorship of COP27 by Coca-Cola, the top plastic polluter of the world for five years in a row! In terms of the use and transformation of natural resources and the environment, inequality between wealthy nations and poor nations and between wealthy individuals and poor individuals remains as stark as ever. "Carbon-intensive lifestyles for some" have resulted in a "carbon-filled atmosphere for all". This Round Table will focus on agriculture, a sector largely neglected in many climate discussions, in which accelerating appropriation of ownership and control of land, plants, animals, and food supplies by large agribusiness coincide with increases in hunger, rural dispossession, exploitation of labour, and the destruction of agricultural ecosystems, contributing further to unsustainable inequality between and within the global North and the global South. It will examine the destructive advance of large agribusinesses and cases of lower-class movements of resistance and alternatives, particularly in the global South.

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Session 1 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 29 June, 2023, -