Seeds and the Law : Sectoral regulation governed by one business model

Shabnam Anvar, who is at the start of this animated video project, submitted her PhD in Law at the Sorbonne in 2008. Free of access, it’s been downloaded over 5500 times over the past 5 years

The seed supply chain is governed by a variety of business models. Seed regulation, however, is informed by just one single model. Current regulation, in France, is technical and market directing; geared to the specific needs of commercial high-yield agriculture varieties. Such regulation stands in the way of practices typical of other business models.

The aim of this study is to shed light on these relatively unknown regulations. To clarify the legal framework governing the seed supply chain from its draft through to its implementation, while considering its constraints and its consequences. Moreover, this study will show that all regulation planned or developed by regulatory bodies is shaped by the economic and institutional actors of the dominant model in line with their own interests and against the interests of other models. However, alternative regulation can be developed that guarantees the multiplicity, viability and specificity of each of the competing models.

400 pages and the same number of annexes, is difficult for anyone to digest. Which is why the animated videos are on the way to help simplify a complex subject.

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