Digital Environmental Governance — Interview #2

Precision Agriculture and the Costs of Inaccuracy: An Interview with Oane Visser

Oane Visser discusses his research on precision agriculture, i.e. the use of digital tools and algorithms within agriculture. Among other things, we talk about the techno-utopian thinking that undergirds precision agriculture, why technologies may be inaccurate “in the wild,” power dynamics and struggles between different actors, the inequalities that digital technologies can produce, and social movements that seek to promote more just and equitable forms of digital environmental governance within agriculture.

Interviewer: Aidan Smith, Research Fellow at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, University of California, Berkeley

Interviewee: Oane Visser, Associate Professor in Agrarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies

Summary Article: “The Farm is Not an Algorithm: The inaccuracies of precision agriculture carry socio-environmental risks and produce inequalities.”


Read the interview transcript here.