Interspecies Resistance to Genetically Modified Monocrops in the Hispanic World

with Sai Suryanarayanan


Luso-Hispanic countries comprise the world’s largest terrains under genetically engineered (GE) crops, and are invaluable sites for understanding how these crop technologies can create unanticipated contexts for species evolution and novel forms of biological resistance, as well as cultural and political counter-movements, which together can transform the biotechnologies themselves and societies. This interdisciplinary project led by an environmental humanities scholar (PI: Beilin) in collaboration with  a science & technology studies (STS) scholar and entomologist (co-investigator: Suryanarayanan) seeks new understandings of various forms of resistance to GE-crops in Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico and other courtries of the Hispanic world by developing novel concepts—interspecies alliance and interspecies resistance— that attends to the intertwined dynamics between plants, insects, microbial communities and human bodies in the debates over future agri-cultures.