Requalifying matter: nutrient recycling, pollution control and the shifting economies of fertilisation (QUMARE)


Finland seeks to become a model country in terms of nutrient recycling.  The QUMARE project analyses the promotion of this objective by focusing on the policy interventions that are to transform manure into a resource and its nutrients into a commodity. Of the major nutrient-containing recyclable fluxes of organic material, manure is clearly the most important one in terms of annually formed nutrients, accounting for some 80% in the case of phosphorus and 90% in the case of nitrogen. 

Manure-as-resource is a relational achievement, coming into being as a part of a socio-material network that supports its safe circulation. But how does this network configure: what kinds of changes in farms, agro-business and society are envisioned critical for the requalification of manure? How are the terms and dimensions of change negotiated and enacted in practice?

By drawing from science and technology studies, legal studies and economic sociology, QUMARE identifies tensions in regulations that steer manure treatment and processing. In the project, we also ask how it would be possible to support commodification and competitiveness of organic fertiliser products. The project will draw conclusions about the choices policy-makers and farmers, among many others, must confront when enhancing recycling of manure nutrients.


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Helena Valve
Maria Åkerman

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Published 2015-09-23 at 9:04, updated 2020-02-25 at 9:25