Patenting Life: Good and Agriculture Implications [F-11-45]

Presenter:Rick Welsh
Location: SUNY: Van Housen Extension SB27A
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 10:30 AM 09/30

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In 1980 the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled in favor of a petitioner who wanted to patent a genetically engineered bacterium. This ruling set in motion profound changes in the way our food is produced as biotechnology firms then started developing and introducing genetically modified crops with useful traits. In this course we will examine the ramifications of this patent.

Rick Welsh teaches sociology at Clarkson University. He has a doctorate degree in rural sociology from Cornell University. Formerly he was a policy analyst at the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture. He also is a former director of the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s “Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for the Southern Region.”

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