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Vital seeds: an assemblage approach to seed production and ownership




Comi, Matt, author

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This paper is a think piece which attempts to examine the complexities of holistic research in a brief space. I outline a theoretical positioning for environmental study based in assemblage thinking, a sometimes contentious (Hornborg 2017), but useful approach. I then demonstrate the kind of inquiry by utilizing this assemblage approach in order to explore and critique discursive-legal issues in US patent and PVPA certification legislation. The end-goal of the project is to begin exploring how assemblage thinking within environmental justice scholarship could imagine a more just ecologic future.


Presented at the Environmental justice in the Anthropocene symposium held on April 24-25, 2017 at the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado. This symposium aims to bring together academics (faculty and graduate students), independent researchers, community and movement activists, and regulatory and policy practitioners from across disciplines, research areas, perspectives, and different countries. Our overarching goal is to build on several decades of EJ research and practice to address the seemingly intractable environmental and ecological problems of this unfolding era. How can we explore EJ amongst humans and between nature and humans, within and across generations, in an age when humans dominate the landscape? How can we better understand collective human dominance without obscuring continuing power differentials and inequities within and between human societies? What institutional and governance innovations can we adopt to address existing challenges and to promote just transitions and futures?
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agri-food systems


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