Introducing the first statistical model of a capitalist metabolic rift
An evening with Rob Wallace
Capitalism separates our economy from the cooperative commons and regenerative biosystems upon which we all depend. In effect, capital aims at projecting both nature and people off Earth proper into a distinct space where alienated nature and alienated people interact on commoditization’s terms alone. Livestock and crops, and the farmers who tend them, have been beamed up into this new social metabolism.
What are the effects of such an agroeconomics on the evolution and spread of pathogens that emerge there? Can we statistically test for such an alienated epidemiology over space and time? The implications appear definitional. How, for instance, can disease control be exercised in such a gated-off space, where the commons aren’t allowed in but pathogens are let out?
ROB WALLACE, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and other works, is also one of the founders of ARERC (Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps), formed as an independent group of scientists, educators, and agricultural practitioners who do research and education addressing the the agri-food system in the Upper Midwest in solidarity with farmers and other constituencies that have been left out, forgotten, or damaged by the current productivist paradigm.
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