Discard Studies

This compendium and rubric are of interest to working on waste and oceans:


Jellyfish/food futures reading list

Spineless, Juli Berwald

“Jellyfish Blooms: advances and challenges”
As jellyfish interactions with humans increase in coastal waters, there is an urgent need to provide science-based management strategies to mitigate the negative socioeconomic impacts of jellyfish blooms and to exploit potential benefits of their ecosystem services. This Theme Section presents the latest advances in jellyfish research, from new sampling methods to food-web and life-cycle studies. The methodological advances presented will help to overcome difficulties in sampling due to the fluctuations in abundance and irregular distributions of jellyfish.

“Eating Jellyfish: safety, chemical and sensory properties”
People’s preference for fish with a high trophic level, like Atlantic cod and tuna, leads to a large food footprint. Responsible seafood consumption should include underutilised local products; hence the culinary use of edible jellyfish can be an effective contribution. The present work focused on Catostylus tagi to contribute to the consumption of edible jellyfish in the West.


Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security in the 21st Century: Our Daily Bread, Lewis H. Ziska
This book explores the history of agriculture, and the threat that climate change imposes for all aspects of our “daily bread”. While these challenges are severe and significant, it argues that we are not without hope, and offers a wide range of solutions, from polyculture farming to feminism that can, when applied, lead to a better future for humankind.

“Moving from ‘‘matters of fact’’ to ‘‘matters of concern’’ in order to grow economic food futures in the Anthropocene,” Ann Hill
Agrifood scholars commonly adopt ‘‘a matter of fact way of speaking’’ to talk about the extent of neoliberal rollout in the food sector and the viability of ‘‘alternatives’’ to capitalist food initiatives. Over the past few decades this matter of fact stance has resulted in heated debate in agrifood scholarship on two distinct battlegrounds namely, the corporate food regime and the alternative food regime. In this paper I identify some of the limitations of speaking in a matter of fact way and of focusing on capitalist and neoliberal economies as the yardstick by which to assess all food economy initiatives. Using stories of bananas in Australia and the Philippines I advocate for a new mode of critical inquiry in food scholarship that focuses on matters of concern. Following Bruno Latour I use the term critical inquiry to refer to research methods and thinking practices that multiply possible ways of being and acting in the world. The new mode of critical inquiry I propose centers on enacting three broad research matters of concern. These are (1) gathering and assembling economic diversity (2) human actancy and (3) nonhuman actancy. I argue that through becoming critical minds in the Latourian sense researchers can play a key role in enacting economic food futures in the Anthropocene.

“Future of Food: How We Cook,” Nicola David et al
Rustling up a meal becomes a whole new experience when you can print your own food, use a smart oven or have a robot do all the work for you

IFTF: Food Futures Lab

In 2017, the Food Futures Lab will conduct a deep dive into the motivations, aspirations, and strategies of eaters as they adapt to this emerging world and look to food as a lever for transformation. To gain insight into this future, we will map the strategies that eaters around the world are using to ensure they are eating safe, nutritious, sustainable, and delicious food.


University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures

Based at the University of Sheffield, we are an interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to research and deliver sustainable agri-food systems in order to provide sufficient safe, affordable and nutritious food for all.


The world is increasingly urban. W hat urban dwellers eat now and will eat i n the future, and how this food is brought to them, will impact the sustainability of our food systems. We therefore need to work on urban food systems – i.e.

Oceans Like Us – references

Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) | Census of Marine Life

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Dossier: The Ocean Atlas | Heinrich Böll Foundation

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of our planet’s surface. It is rich in resources and provides us with food, energy, and minerals. Oceans are important transportation routes and crucial for the stability of our climate and the weather. But due to overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and ocean pollution, the future of this unique ecosystem faces a grave threat today.


Mountains > Cement > Buildings

Deep time vs human time +  inseparability:

Research list:

Cement and CO2


Oceans Like Us / The Cosmopolitans


The flathead mullet is cosmopolitan in coastal waters of the tropical, subtropical and temperate zones of all seas.[2]



Oceans Like Us / words+ideas


Wet synanthropes

Death of a thousand signing animals (right whale epitaphs)

People statues (Jason Decares)

Plastic pollution (see vids of people scuba diving through a plastic debris wind)

crushed ocean foods, plastics, murkiness, plankton dust

ghost nets

Whale vomiting plastic bags

plastic sex toys in fish mouths

plastic in translucent whales and fish

plastic dancing with humans

humans and plastic in deep sexual embraces


Humbacter (human bacteria hybrids)

Hydrocarbon dreaming (new hybrids and up cycled conveyances)

Broken world broken stuff

Dishes playing in the shallows (Japanese woodblock)

Gag ordered scientists

Amphibious diving vehicles for corporate use only

Dredges and diggers

The qualities of water

The ocean as a heterotopia



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