CropLife recently posted their newest video interview last week with Carrie LaCrosse, of the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement at the U.S. Department of State.
LaCrosse discusses the value of IP for agriculture, looking in particular at new plant varieties and how IP is part of the solution in addressing the food security. LaCrosse states that intellectual property rights protections (IPR) encourages the development of plant varieties, including protected varities, at reduced or free prices — thus allowing countries to protect their biodiversity while also meeting increased demand for crops due to climate change and economic crisis. My favorite quotation comes near the end, where LaCrosse aptly states that innovation is historically sparked by challenging times.
Don’t forget to add the Indian insect-resistant eggplant to the list of innovative plant varieties changing the world.