Biotechnology's Regulatory Science: The Case of Roundup Ready Soybean's Patent Expiration

D. Puente Rodriguez, J.A.A. Swart

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    The patent held by Monsanto for Roundup Ready® soybeans will expire soon and, therefore, the first generic agro-food product in the short history of agro-biotechnology will become a fact. Using insights from science and technology studies, the article elaborates on the importance of regulatory science to generate knowledge and capacities, and to regulate the fast-evolving field of agro-food biotech. This is especially required in developing countries, where biotechnologies have to be adapted or territorialised to meet local conditions. It is in these territories where food security often depends on the capabilities of peasant agriculture to maintain food sovereignty through innovation and adaptation. This article aims to summarise the most important arguments that have been shaping the debate on the generic future of agrobiotechnology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    JournalAsian Biotechnology and Development Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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