SYMPOSIUM: Agriculture, Intellectual Property, and Feeding the World in the 21st Century

Texas A & M Law Review: Volume 4, 2017

29 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017  

Jennifer Zwagerman

Drake University - Law School

Date Written: Spring 2017

Abstract

Food. Agriculture. Technology. There is no doubt that when it comes to these areas of law, regulation, policy, and practice, there is much that binds them, and yet they are also very divisive. A quick scan of almost any major and reputable news source will provide articles on a daily basis that pertain to not just one, but often all three of these topics. They are independent industries — science, agricultural production, and food manufacturing, but the truth is that in today’s world, they intersect more than ever. Consumer understanding of each of these industries is far from complete, and that can lead to many issues when it comes to the adoption of technology, agricultural production, and consumer food choices. When you incorporate government regulation, international relations, and infrastructure challenges, it becomes clear that technology alone will not feed the world. Feeding the world requires looking at issues beyond production and manufacturing, and into the challenges and issues that limit access to food and inputs. This article provides the author’s perspective on a more holistic overview of the issues involving agriculture and technology that can both impede and support attempts to successfully feed the world. We cannot simply rely on technology to reach our goal of feeding the world.

Suggested Citation

Zwagerman, Jennifer, SYMPOSIUM: Agriculture, Intellectual Property, and Feeding the World in the 21st Century (Spring 2017). Texas A & M Law Review: Volume 4, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989736

Jennifer Ellen Williams Zwagerman (Contact Author)

Drake University - Law School ( email )

27th & Carpenter Sts.
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

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