Food, Hunger and Technology

21 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2012

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Rebecca M. Bratspies

City University of New York - School of Law

Date Written: July 27, 2012


This essay uses genetically modified crops as a springboard for examining the role ascribed to technology by the international institutional framework for responding to food insecurity. It argues that that food insecurity is a problem rooted in political will formation, rather than in the mechanics of food production. From this starting point, the chapter examines the failure of various global initiatives to end hunger, highlighting how these initiatives emphasized new technologies for increasing food production while giving short shrift to the thorny structural problems associated with hunger.

Keywords: hunger, food insecurity, World Food Summit, World Food Conference, Millennium Development Goals, Norman Borlaug, green revolution, genetically modified organism, GMO, technology, poverty, population, Rome Declaration, biotechnology

JEL Classification: H40, H54, I31, K10, K33, N50, O13, O19, O20, O30, Q10, Q17, Q18, R10

Suggested Citation

Bratspies, Rebecca M., Food, Hunger and Technology (July 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Rebecca M. Bratspies (Contact Author)

City University of New York - School of Law ( email )

2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States

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