Farming intensification in Northern Ireland – a state-corporate environmental harm?

Ekaterina Gladkova*

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Food production may involve serious harms that lie beyond traditional definitions of crime and are not statutorily proscribed. One example of a criminologically under-researched source of harms is intensive farming. Taking a case study of rising intensive pig farming in Northern Ireland, this paper innovatively applies the state-corporate crime framework to analyse the catalysts for environmental and social harm in the country, expanding the knowledge of complex relationships between political and economic actors from a green criminological perspective and further advancing the agenda of ‘greening’ of state-corporate crime (Bradshaw, 2014). It concludes that a state-corporate symbiosis supports and reinforces a market-oriented, profit-driven model of farming that prioritises efficiency and ultimately leads to ‘lawful but awful’ intensification.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2631309X2211245
Pages (from-to)110-123
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of White Collar and Corporate Crime
Issue number2
Early online date30 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


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