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Food and Digitalization: Issues of Visibility, Exploitation and Sustainability [EASA Food Network] 
Rituparna Patgiri (Independent Sociologist)
Deepali Aparajita Dungdung (Ranchi University)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/013
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel explores the relationship between food and digitalization, with particular emphasis on questions of public visibility, labour exploitation and planetary sustainability.

Long Abstract:

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been seen as a definitive push towards increasing digitalization of our societies. This push is particularly visible in food. There is an upsurge in the visibility of food in the public sphere in terms of food delivery services, advertisements, photographs, videos and blogs. Even as we have been wrecked by COVID-19, images and visuals of food have not stopped appearing on social media timelines. While on the one hand, we have this visibility, on the other hand, there is increasing food scarcity and growing hunger and malnutrition. There are also questions about sustainability and labour exploitation. Is online food ordering 'good' for the planet has become a legitimate question as there are concerns about the waste material generated from large scale online deliveries. At the same time, delivery workers are exploited employees who perform their duties under extreme work pressure, low wages and difficult working conditions. Fulfilling targets and goals of a fixed number of deliveries in a short time is challenging. Yet, it is the cornerstone of most food businesses moving towards digitalization. The impact of technology on food, thus, has been uneven. Hence, this panel proposes to invite scholars to discuss the varying effects of digitalization and technology on food and its associated practices. Some of the themes that can be covered include:

Food and technology

Food and social media

Food and labour

Food and waste

The future of food

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -