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This work provides a detailed account of how huge agrochemical corporations have come to control the food chain, exposing their influence over governments, regulatory bodies and university research. It examines how a handful of companies have: accelerated the industrialization of agriculture and the integration of the global economy; penetrated the previously independent world of scholarly research in universities and specialized agencies; manipulated public opinion and distorted our understanding of key environmental processes and issues; unduly influenced regulatory agencies and national governments; pushed the WTO, World Bank and FAO towards policies favouring corporate growth and profit; an bullied the governments and farmers of the developing countries to accept their technologies and products.
Helena Paul is an independent consultant and campaigner on biotechnology. Dr.Ricarda A. Steinbrecher is director of Econexus, an international non-profit research organization on genetic engineering and biological diversity. Lucy Michaels is the food and agriculture researcher at CorporateWatch UK. Devlin Kuyek is an activist researcher on agriculture, peasant movements and small farmers organizations.
Introduction 1. Paving The Road To Biotech Agriculture 2. Corporations: From Royal Charters To Biotech Gold Rush 3. Image Control: Manipulation and Public Relations 4. Consolidation Through The Life Science Concept 5. Corporate Profiles 6. The Main International Players And Corporate Influence/Interests 7. Corporate Influence on International Regulatory Bodies 8. Government Legislation and Corporate Agendas/Influence 9. Opening Up The South
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