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
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of White Collar and Corporate Crime
Early online date30 Aug 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Aug 2022


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