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Title: A new critical social science research agenda on pesticides
Author: Mansfield, Becky  
Arguelles, Lucia  
Romero, Adam  
Ojeda, Diana  
Werner, Marion  
Berndt, Christian  
Shattuck, Annie  
Galt, Ryan
Barri, Fernando Rafael  
Ishii, Marcia
Kunin, Johana  
Lapegna, Pablo
Caicedo-Carrero, Andres  
Castro-Vargas, María Soledad  
Marquez, Emily  
Ramirez, Fernando
Tittor, Anne  
Citation: Mansfield, B. [Becky]. Werner, M. [Marion]. Berndt, C. [Christian]. Shattuck, A. [Annie]. Galt, R. [Ryan]. Williams, B. [Bryan]. Argüelles, L. [Lucía]. Barri, F. [Fernando]. Ishii, M. [Marcia]. Kunin, J. [Johana]. Lapegna, P. [Pablo]. Romero, A. [Adam]. Caicedo, A. [Andres]. Abhigya, Castro-Vargas, M. [María Soledad]. Marquez, E. [Emily]. Ojeda, D. [Diana]. Ramirez, F. [Fernando]. Tittor, A. [Anne]. (2023). A new critical social science research agenda on pesticides. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-18. doi: 10.1007/s10460-023-10492-w
Abstract: The global pesticide complex has transformed over the past two decades, but social science research has not kept pace. The rise of an enormous generics sector, shifts in geographies of pesticide production, and dynamics of agrarian change have led to more pesticide use, expanding to farm systems that hitherto used few such inputs. Declining effectiveness due to pesticide resistance and anemic institutional support for non-chemical alternatives also have driven intensification in conventional systems. As an inter-disciplinary network of pesticide scholars, we seek to renew the social science research agenda on pesticides to better understand this suite of contemporary changes. To identify research priorities, challenges, and opportunities, we develop the pesticide complex as a heuristic device to highlight the reciprocal and iterative inter- actions among agricultural practice, the agrochemical industry, civil society-shaped regulatory actions, and contested knowledge of toxicity. Ultimately, collaborations among social scientists and across the social and biophysical sciences can illuminate recent transformations and their uneven socioecological effects. A reinvigorated critical scholarship that embraces the multifaceted nature of pesticides can identify the social and ecological constraints that drive pesticide use and support alternatives to chemically driven industrial agriculture.
Keywords: pesticides
global pesticide complex
pesticide industry
pesticide regulation
pesticide toxicity
pesticide social science research agenda
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Issue Date: 10-Aug-2023
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