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      Digitalization and the third food regime

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          This article asks how the application of digital technologies is changing the organization of the agri-food system in the context of the third food regime. The academic debate on digitalization and food largely focuses on the input and farm level. Yet, based on the analysis of 280 digital services and products, we show that digital technologies are now being used along the entire food commodity chain. We argue that digital technologies in the third food regime serve on the one hand as a continuation of established information and communication technologies, thus deepening certain features of the existing food regime such as the retail sector’s control over global commodity chains. On the other hand, digital technologies also introduce new forms of control and value extraction based on the use of data and pave the way for large tech companies to take over market shares in the agri-food sector. Finally, we find that multinational agri-food companies are starting to take on the business models of leading digital tech companies, for instance by developing digital platforms throughout the agri-food system. We argue that this shows that the broader economic restructuring of neoliberal capitalism towards digital capitalism is also making its way into the agri-food system.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                louisa.prause@hu-berlin.de
                Journal
                Agric Human Values
                Agric Human Values
                Agriculture and Human Values
                Springer Netherlands (Dordrecht )
                0889-048X
                1572-8366
                13 October 2020
                13 October 2020
                : 1-15
                Affiliations
                GRID grid.7468.d, ISNI 0000 0001 2248 7639, Department of Agriculture and Food Policy, Research Group BioMaterialities, , Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin, ; Berlin, Germany
                Article
                10161
                10.1007/s10460-020-10161-2
                7550770
                © The Author(s) 2020

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                Funded by: FundRef http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100002347, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung;
                Award ID: 031B0750
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                Funded by: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (1034)
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