Geoff Tansey

The Future Control of Food

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

This book is the first wide-ranging guide to the key issues of intellectual property and ownership, genetics, biodiversity, and food security. Following 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 book is available in soft and hardback, in English and Spanish, and freely downloadable from the idrc website.


在这里你可以免费下载“对未来食物的掌控”一书的中文版 (30Mb)

Chinese translation available in paperback (ISBN 978-7-109-17226-5) and also available to download from here. WARNING: This is a large file, just over 30Mb




Part I: A Changing Food System

Food, Farming and Global Rules

Part II: The Key Global Negotiations and Agreements

Turning Plant Varieties into Intellectual Property: The UPOV Convention

Bringing Minimum Global Intellectual Property Standards into Agriculture: The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

Promoting and Extending the Reach of Intellectual Property: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Safeguarding Biodiversity: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Giving Priority to the Commons: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

The Negotiations Web: Complex Connections

Part III: Responses, Observations and Prospects

Responding to Change

Postcards from International Negotiations

Global Rules, Local Needs



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Comments on the book

There is not a policymaker on this planet who should not read this book...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

Prize winner

The Future Control of Food shared the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing with Channel Four's Jamie's Ministry of Food (Fresh One Productions) in the Guild of Food Writers Awards Winners 2009