TUG OF WAR OVER LIFE PATENTS

Recent international negotiations suggest that some governments are behaving more like industry's handmaidens rather than champions of their people. But people all over the world are making it known that they will not sit back and allow corporate greed to appropriate their livelihoods.

Recent international negotiations suggest that some governments are behaving more like industry's handmaidens rather than champions of their people. But people all over the world are making it known that they will not sit back and allow corporate greed to appropriate their livelihoods.

GENETECH PREYS ON THE PADDY FIELD

Rice, the showcase of farmer innovation, has so far largely escaped the interests of the corporate sector. But new technologies mean that the world's most important staple could become industrys newest cash cow.

Rice, the showcase of farmer innovation, has so far largely escaped the interests of the corporate sector. But new technologies mean that the world's most important staple could become industrys newest cash cow.

NURTURING THE SEED IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES

Although invisible in Western development paradigms, alternative cosmovisions are the frameworks within which the richness of agricultural biodiversity has largely been created.

Although invisible in Western development paradigms, alternative cosmovisions are the frameworks within which the richness of agricultural biodiversity has largely been created.

JAPAN: GENETECH'S LATE BLOOMER

A look at the current development of Japanese genetic engineering technology and the implications of unleashing a booming Japanese biotech industry on farmers and consumers around the world.

A look at the current development of Japanese genetic engineering technology and the implications of unleashing a booming Japanese biotech industry on farmers and consumers around the world.

THE PEOPLE VERSUS THE LIFE INDUSTRY

Next June the Swiss will vote on a constitutional amendment that aims to protect human health and the environment from the possible risks of genetic engineering, a vote which could have important repercussions for the genetech industry, governments and consumers worldwide.

Next June the Swiss will vote on a constitutional amendment that aims to protect human health and the environment from the possible risks of genetic engineering, a vote which could have important repercussions for the genetech industry, governments and consumers worldwide.

THE CHICKPEA SCANDAL: TRUST OR CONSEQUENCES?

A squabble over chickpeas is turning into a moratorium on intellectual property claims on CGIAR germplasm and calls for an External Review of UPOV and the world's faulty Plant Breeders Rights regime.

A squabble over chickpeas is turning into a moratorium on intellectual property claims on CGIAR germplasm and calls for an External Review of UPOV and the world's faulty Plant Breeders Rights regime.