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Technology, Food & Migration



In the 1970ties, Moroccan women were recruited as temporary migrant workers to come to the Netherlands to peal shrimps. Since, the women stay home in Morocco; the shrimps are shipped to them for processing and shipped back for consumption in western Europe or for export to elsewhere. In the 2020ties a machine is developed to peal the shrimps. This technological change has a price tag, thus the industries preferred practice remains to transport the shrimps to Morocco for processing. For now. With costs of fuel for transportation on the rise, this preference may shift. We foresee similar shifts: for glass houses it is no longer profitable to heat up and produce strawberries in January, in fisheries one cannot reach deeper waters.

These are only some examples of the interaction between three drivers of change towards more sustainable economies: migration, technology, and (the costs of) globalised food production practices.

Be it the consequences of climate change or the stopped delivery chains with the war in the Ukraine: the food sector is transforming massively in the network society. Our focus will thus be also on the role of platforms and infrastructures that organise food supply by highlighting the case of città del cibo Bologna.

The purpose of this webinar is mapping: we bring forward exemplary cases that illustrate future societal dilemmas at the intersection of technology, food, and migration.

You could not attend the webinar? Then you can watch a recording of the event on the NUPS – Networking Unit Paradigm Shift YouTube channel.