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Resistance Is Fertile

Canadian Struggles on the BioCommons

For decades, government, industry, and the mainstream media have extolled the virtues of biotechnology while downplaying its negative side effects. Focusing on agriculture, Resistance Is Fertile challenges this dominant rhetoric by analyzing the major issues around which opponents of biotechnology in Canada are mobilizing resistance – namely, the enclosure of the biological and the knowledge commons, which together form the BioCommons. What emerges is an empirically and theoretically informed analysis of Canada’s regulatory regime, the corporate control of seeds, and attempts to construct and control public discussions about agricultural biotechnology.

312 pages

Table of Contents


1 Canadian Biotechnology Policy and Its Critics

2 Enclosure and Resistance on the BioCommons

3 Battles to Reclaim and Maintain the BioCommons

4 Intellectual Property Rights: Facilitating Capital’s Command over Biotechnology

5 Regulatory Capture and Its Critics

6 Capture and Control of Biotechnology Discourse in Canada





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