Tradition, heritage and intellectual property in the global food market

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Intellectual property (IP) instruments, such as the Geographical Indications included in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), have acquired growing relevance in the identification, support and protection of local and traditional food products. However, due to their legal nature and their regulatory structure, IP-based apparatuses risk stifling the evolution of traditions, which by nature change and shift over time. Furthermore, they are not easy to establish for many communities, especially in the Global South, due to their complexity, their rootedness in Western juridical systems and the financial and logistic efforts they require. Is IP the only viable tool to effectively support local and traditional practices, as well as the product originating from them? Or can other approaches, such as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), Slow Food’s Presidia and the new expanding field of Indigenous Knowledge, contribute to their survival and expansion, while letting them transform to respond to new contexts and environments?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFood Heritage and Nationalism in Europe
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000729634
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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