Thursday, June 29, 2017

Alumni News: Jennie Zwaggerman Publication

I was delighted to discover the following thought-provoking article written by our alumna, Jennie ZwaggermanAgriculture, Intellectual Property, and Feeding the World in the 21st Century is an essay is based on the remarks that Jennie provided for the Morning Keynote Address at the 2016 Texas A&M Law Review Fall Symposium.

Jennie serves as the Director of the Career Development Center and Associate Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University Law School. She also teaches a variety of food and agricultural law classes at the law school and serves as the President-Elect of the American Agricultural Law Association.  The abstract and citation to the article are embedded below.

Agriculture, Intellectual Property, and Feeding the World in the 21st Century
4 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 315 (2017)
Food. Agriculture. Technology. There is no doubt that when it comes to these areas of law, regulation, policy, and practice, there is much that binds them, and yet they are also very divisive. A quick scan of almost any major and reputable news source will provide articles on a daily basis that pertain to not just one, but often all three of these topics. They are independent industries — science, agricultural production, and food manufacturing, but the truth is that in today’s world, they intersect more than ever. Consumer understanding of each of these industries is far from complete, and that can lead to many issues when it comes to the adoption of technology, agricultural production, and consumer food choices. When you incorporate government regulation, international relations, and infrastructure challenges, it becomes clear that technology alone will not feed the world. Feeding the world requires looking at issues beyond production and manufacturing, and into the challenges and issues that limit access to food and inputs. This article provides the author’s perspective on a more holistic overview of the issues involving agriculture and technology that can both impede and support attempts to successfully feed the world. We cannot simply rely on technology to reach our goal of feeding the world.
Congratulations, Jennie. We are always proud of your work.

Susan Schneider
William H. Enfield Professor of Law
Director, LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law

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