Mi, 03.11.2021 9:00

Soy in the anthropocene

Kerner von Marilaun Symposium 2021

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We live in a world of soy. Nearly all of us consume the bean in some form, again and again – either directly, as tofu in a veggie burger, or indirectly, as a piece of pork on the grill. Since the main sites of consumption and production are widely spread, soy's trade routes span the globe. Indeed, the soybean and its by-products, soyoil and soymeal, have emerged as the world's leading agricultural commodity from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. The global soy web affects large tracts of our planet's ‘socio-nature’ in often devastating ways. Therefore, soy has become a decisive factor of the anthropocene, the age of human-made nature. 
The conference discusses how soy emerged from a regional food crop to a global cash crop in the 150-years era of globalization. An interdisciplinary and international group of scholars addresses the topic from a holistic perspective, including socio-economic (commodity chains, labor relations, business strategies etc.), socio-political (state policies, international relations, civic movements, etc.), and socio-natural dimensions (plant breeding, farm technology, deforestation, etc.). Against the backdrop of developments in the past, soy's ambivalent role in transitions to a more sustainable future will be discussed.



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date, time and venue

November 3, 2021
from 09:00 AM - 07:30 PM (CET)

on site:
Small Festive Hall, University of Vienna,
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
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Link for virtual participation (Event will be visible on November 3, 2021): https://www.oeaw.ac.at/veranstaltungen/live 


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