The new volume Thinking with Soils – edited by Juan Francisco Salazar, Céline Granjou, Matthew Kearnes, Anna Krzywoszynska, and Manuel Tironi – is now available. You can download a pre-print version of my contribution here, which looks at the use of biosolids (treated sanitation waste) as part of a broader trend to “close the loop” in contemporary agricultural management. The chapter is part of a larger ethnographic research project that brings together insights from wastewater treatment experts, soil scientists, and farmers to understand both the productive possibilities and potential pitfalls of using treated sanitation waste on agricultural landscapes in the US (and beyond).
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I'm a cultural and environmental anthropologist with interests in biodiversity management and smallholder agriculture in rural Amazonia. I've conducted research on agrobiodiversity management, anthropogenic soils, and community-based conservation. Currently, I'm also interested in the ways that farmers rely upon social networks, local ecological knowledge, and agrobiodiversity management to contend with the uncertainties of global climate change. View all posts by nckawa