It’s National Chip Week, and

It’s National Chip Week, and to coincide with that, ActionAid has launched a chip-patenting publicity stunt. As usual, it isn’t as simple as this article suggests – if you had spent years and millions developing something, wouldn’t you want it protected in law, in just the same way as if you had written a novel, you’d be upset if another writer passed it off as their own work? But equally, how can we safeguard the interests of farmers and growers around the world?