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The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security

Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte
Earthscan, IDRC

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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

An excellent resource for those mapping the increasing control of our food chain by international players.
Suman Sahai, Director, Gene Campaign, India

An excellent collection of guideposts for perplexed students and scholars and a handbook for the seasoned diplomat seeking to make the world a better place.
Professor Calestous Juma, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

I recommend it to all who play a role in the formulation of relevant international norms in whatever capacity, and regardless of the interests they may represent.
Leo Palma, Deputy Director, Advisory Centre on WTO Law

This book is the first wide-ranging guide to the key issues of intellectual property and ownership, genetics, biodiversity, and food security. Proceeding from an introduction and overview of the issues, comprehensive chapters cover negotiations and instruments in the World Trade Organization, 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 various other international bodies. The final part discusses civil society responses to relevant changes and developments in these issues, how they affect the direction of research and development, the nature of global negotiation processes and various alternative futures.

The editors

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 Meat Business (1999) and Negotiating Health (2005).

Tasmin Rajotte has worked in the field of sustainable agriculture, food security and environment for a number of years and is the representative for the Quaker International Affairs Programme (QIAP), Ottawa, Canada.


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