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  • Journal Article: Disembedding grain: Golden Rice, the Green Revolution, and heirloom seeds in the Philippines

    Golden Rice” has played a key role in arguments over genetically modified (GM) crops for many years. It is routinely depicted as a generic GM vitamin tablet in a generic plant bound for the global South. But the release of Golden Rice is on the horizon only in the Philippines, a country with a storied history and complicated present, and contested future for rice production and consumption. The present paper corrects this blinkered view of Golden Rice through an analysis of three distinctive “rice worlds” of the Philippines: Green Revolution rice developed at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the 1960s, Golden Rice currently being bred at IRRI, and a scheme to promote and export traditional “heirloom” landrace rice. More than mere seed types, these rices are at the centers of separate “rice worlds” with distinctive concepts of what the crop should be and how it should be produced. In contrast to the common productivist framework for comparing types of rice, this paper compares the rice worlds on the basis of geographical embeddedness, or the extent to which local agroecological context is valorized or nullified in the crop’s construction.

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  • Book: One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa

    Zoonotic diseases – pathogens transmitted from animals to people – offer particularly challenging problems for global health institutions and actors given the complex socio-ecological dynamics at play. New forms of…

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  • Miscellaneous: China’s Low Carbon Future Offers Global Opportunities

    by Sam Geall and Lulu Ning Hui with additional contributions from Isabel Hilton, Richard Black, Monica Wang, Yu Jie, Adrian Ely, David Tyfield and Frauke Urban How is China shifting…

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  • Book: Africa’s Land Rush

    Africa has been at the centre of a “land grab” in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for “green” energy, and cheap land…

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  • Working Paper: Technology for Autonomy and Resistance: The Appropriate Technology Movement in South America

    STEPS Centre Working Paper 87 Download this paper (PDF 1 MB) Between the 1970s and 1980s appropriate technology (AT) become a worldwide grassroots innovation movement that sought to redefine technology as a…

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  • Miscellaneous: 3D Printing in Latin America – A new technological revolution?

    This article by Mariano Fressoli (STEPS América Latina) and Adrian Smith (SPRU/STEPS) considers whether 3D printing signals a technological revolution for Latin America. Published in the 50th Anniversary issue of…

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