13 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Social Dimension (4)




In the last two weeks I spoke about the spatial and temporal differentiation of modern food supply systems. Now I will turn to the social consequence of this differentiation. As different actors in the supply chain are separated in time and space direct interaction between them is increasingly impossible. In complex socio-technical arrangements of modern markets direct interpersonal interaction gets standardized and replaced by the handling of intermediating artefacts like packages.

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5 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Temporal Dimension (3)




In 21st century food markets, the differentiation of production and consumption practices is not only spatial but also temporal. Rising amount of production stages, involved actors and regional areas in food supply chains often increases the time taken for foodstuffs from farm to fork. However, the temporal expansion of food chains is not merely a quantitative one.  More significant for industrial food supply is the increasing need for flexibility of time and temporal coordination of practices.

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29 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Spatial Dimension (2)




Industrial food supply is characterized by globalized markets and increasing food miles. Modern supermarkets provide foods from all over the world, all year long. As these foods need to be transported, increasing physical distance generates need for technical solutions to ensure safe transportation of fragile goods. Packaging is central to many of these transportation practices. 

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22 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption in Globalized Food Supply Systems – An Overview (1)




Is packaging the central connecting device in globalized food networks? This four-part essay will discuss how packaging based practices construct spatial, temporal and social bridges in differentiated food chains.

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31 January 2017

Today in the Technology Review: Interview with Carolin Völker




Carolin Völker, PlastX co-leader, in the interview with Technology Review about microplastics.

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18 October 2016

PlastX-Workshop at the Convention on Environmental Sociology




What role does sociology play in research about social-ecological transformations? The 13th convention of the junior group “Environmental Sociology” (NGU) took place in Münster this year and PlastX featured a two-hour workshop.

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10 September 2016

PlastX Scientists at the SETAC Conference




As every year, at the beginning of September, it was time for the annual meeting of the SETAC GLB (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry).

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