Article ID: CBB483023841

“Unable to Determine”: Limits to Metrical Governance in Agricultural Supply chains (2020)


Metrics have long served as tools for governing at a distance. In the food industry, major manufacturers have embraced metrics as tools to govern the sustainability of the farms producing their commodity raw materials. This metrical turn has been influenced but also complicated by agricultural datafication, that is, the increasing quantities of data generated on and about farms. Despite the sheer abundance of data that companies might use to measure and drive improvement in on-farm sustainability, they have struggled to collect data suitable for such purposes. Attention to the different kinds of distance and diversity across which metrics are supposed to govern suggests reasons why they may fail to do so, even when wielded by otherwise powerful corporations.

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Authors & Contributors
Freidberg, Susanne
Hamilton, David E.
Krasnodębski, Marcin
Langston, Nancy
Machado, Adélio A. S. C.
Marques, Carlos Alberto
Agricultural History
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Economic History Review
Environmental History
Foundations of Chemistry
Bromyard & District Local History Society
Duke University Press
Oxford University Press
The MIT Press
University Press of Kansas
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Agricultural economics
Haraway, Donna Jeanne
Plumwood, Val
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
United States
International Business Machines Corporation
Centro de Tecnología de Semiconductores (CTS)

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