Golden Rice and the Right to Good Food: Health, Property, and Power in GMO Patenting

Samuel Haughton 

My presentation will explore the implications of developments in the field of biotechnology on questions of the limits of technology, the problem of the commons and the tension between advancements in health products like Golden Rice (rice that has been genetically harbored to contain more vitamin A, intended for use by poor farmers in developing countries) and the multinational companies that possess the sovereignty to distribute or deny them to those who need it. This particular case opens up many questions concerning the place of technology in modern society, the role of science in global health and traces some interesting sketches of what I think will be central concerns in a practical ethics appropriate to what I like to call the « age of immersion ».

 

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