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A Critique of Modern Agriculture and its Effect on Personhood

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Chelsea Richardson

Marist College, US
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This paper outlines ways in which the alienated labor conditions of capitalism and certain technological applications in industrial agriculture contribute to the diminishing of one’s personhood through the production and consumption of industrial food. Personhood is defined as a person’s capacity to produce and consume food. The works of Karl Marx and Albert Borgmann are instrumental to the conclusions of this essay. Ultimately, the combination of Marx’s and Borgmann’s theories allow me to argue that a diminished form of personhood is the consequence of a food practice which encompasses the production and consumption of food using industrial agriculture.

How to Cite: Richardson, C., 2013. A Critique of Modern Agriculture and its Effect on Personhood. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 5(2), pp.19 (151–160). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1087
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Published on 19 Jun 2013.
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