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.
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
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
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