Bioscience at a Crossroads-Access and Benefit Sharing in a Time of Scientific, Technological and Industry Change: The Food and Beverage Sector

This brief provides an overview of the industry, summarizes key market and research and development trends, and analyzes the implications of these trends for governments and other stakeholders, including indigenous and local communities, and companies who may be involved in ABS-related activities and in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

CBD, 2013

Located between agriculture, processing, distribution and retail, the global food and beverage industry for the most part uses a range of biological raw materials that are purchased directly or indirectly from farmers or from intermediate suppliers of ingredients. These range from commodities such as palm oil, sugar, tea and coffee, through to smaller volumes of thousands of different natural ingredients.

While the Nagoya Protocol does not cover the commodity trade of raw materials, nor local trade or subsistence use, it does apply to the utilization of genetic resources as defined by Article 2 (c) of the Protocol, to traditional knowledge within the scope of the Convention and to the benefits arising from the utilization of such knowledge.

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