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2 Food, Biotechnology And Intellectual Property

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This chapter presents the basic relationships between food and intellectual property protection, as they are related through both the plant breeding derived from the Mendelian principles of heredity which took place throughout the twentieth century, as well as the new biotechnology, which developed in the last 25-30 years. The human rights dimensions of food, within a framework of policies relating to food are initially presented. Then the developments of modern biotechnology are outlined. Finally, a description and an analysis of the evolution of intellectual property protection, as well as its justifications and characteristics are presented.

Keywords: biotechnology; food; human rights; intellectual property; intellectual property protection; Mendelian principles



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