Tuesday, 18 December 2007

The Future Control of Food:

A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security (Earthscan/QIAP 2007, IDRC e-text 2008) editors: Geoff Tansey, Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World, lead author of The Food System (1995) co-editor, The Meat Business (1999) and Negotiating Health (2005); and Tamsin Rajotte of Quaker International Affairs Program (QIAP), Ottawa, Canada.

"This is the best single summary of the political choices facing food and agriculture policymakers that has been written in this decade." Pat Mooney, Executive Director, The ETC Group.

Chapter 1 covers the intellectual property and ownership, genetics, biodiversity and food security; later chapters discuss how WTO decisions will affect ordinary folk and farmers worldwide, the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, and other key players in GMO/biotech.

See also Canadian Friend Oct 2007 p.13 Anne Mitchell on "'New' Biotechnology"; Dec 2007 p.3 Keith Helmuth, "Can We Speak for the Commonwealth of Life?" and p.9 Carol Dixon on "Some Ownership and Control Issues"; March 2008 p.28 Paul Duchastel on "Genetics and Bio -Technologies"; CIELAP briefing papers.

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