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Global rules, patent power and the future control of food

Date: 22 February 2008 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Cesagen/Politics Seminar

22 February 1-2pm

'Global rules, patent power and the future control of food'

Geoff Tansey

Seminar Room 3, Bowland North

Geoff will discuss the growing importance of rules on patents and other forms of intellectual property in shaping future food systems, especially through biotechnology, and certain issues surrounding these. In particular he will look at what has changed since the 1990s, with the creation of new global rules linking intellectual property, biodiversity and food security - the subject of a new book just published*. These rules are made in different negotiating fora by groups and ministries dealing with different interests. They are reshaping the framework in which people working in the food system operate. It is a system in which different actors vie for power and control over the area that they work in, seeking to minimize or offload the risks they face and maximize or optimize the benefits they get.

*The Future Control of Food: A Guide To International Negotiations And Rules On Intellectual Property, Biodiversity And Food Security - Edited by Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte, £19.99, is published by Earthscan.

Geoff Tansey is a researcher and writer on intellectual property, food and agriculture and a Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World. He is lead author of The Food System (1995) and co-editor of The World Divided (1994) The Meat Business (1999) and Negotiating Health (2005). read more at:, link to the book's web page:


Who can attend: Anyone


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