Intellectual property counsel John Emanuele authored an article for Indianapolis Business Journal on the need to develop new materials and methods for farming that simultaneously produce more food and minimize the effect of agriculture on our environment.
Emanuele explains that public investment in agriculture and food research in the U.S. has been falling for over two decades while private-sector spending has been increasing. He also notes the financial risk involved in bringing a product to market, which is highest for products intended for human consumption.
Only recently has the industry been able to study soil on a molecular level, which is an area of intense research interest as plants, bacteria and fungi in the soil can be engineered to help crop production and carbon sequestration. Emanuele outlines recent Supreme Court decisions that have made it more difficult to protect certain life science inventions.
The full article is available for Indianapolis Business Journal subscribers.