The Core Dilemma: Seed Sovereignty and Globalisation

  • Clare O’Grady WalsheEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This book examines the tension between the need for food, or food security, and the desire to maintain sovereignty over food production, in this case seeds for agricultural production, or seed sovereignty. The need for food is increasingly being met by a greater reliance on uniform commercially bred seed, including genetically modified seeds designed by multinational corporations and supported by philanthropic organisations such as the Gates Foundation. However, meeting the need for food in this way risks eliminating the sovereignty of domestic producers. These are the local farmers and farming communities who wish to continue freely cultivating the seeds of their choice. This chapter introduces the issues at stake in the tension between food security and food sovereignty.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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