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Copyrighted Crops: Big Business, Intellectual Protection and Nature’s Bounty

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Abstract: Genetically modified crops are supposedly superior to more conventional cultivars and are increasingly grown by farmers. However, the majority of such plants are developed, at huge cost, by a relatively small number of corporations, who guard their intellectual property vigoursly. In this article, we explore some of the issues behind patenting supposedly everyday crops.

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GMOs: The Future?

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Nine hundred and twenty five million people in the world are currently malnourished. The proximate factors vary, and can include government fiscal policies, commodity trading, high oil prices and many others. But the ultimate cause is fairly simple. The population of the planet, currently around seven billion persons, is growing faster than yields. In short, demand for food is outstripping supply. By 2050, it is thought that there will nine to eleven [1] billion people alive; with most of the increase in developing nations. To feed all of these people adequately, an increase of nearly 70% [2] in yields will be needed.