In the 18th issue of Cultivate we focus on the global supply chains in
the agriculture sector which are being challenged to be more
transparent, more environmentally sustainable and to meet ever expanding
Our first article looks at the potential for blockchain, and other
distributed ledger technologies, to revolutionize supply chain
management by improving efficiency and the antitrust issues which can
arise from their use. Explore the article for practical solutions for
avoiding these antitrust issues.
We then examine recent human rights developments relating to
agricultural supply chains. We discuss recent rulings which will have
a significant effect on supply chain management in the future.
Continuing the theme of Environmental & Social governance issues in
emerging markets, we take an in depth look at the recent landmark
judgment from the UK Supreme Court on a claim brought by 1,826
Zambian villagers against a UK-based mining company and its Zambian
subsidiary. The ruling could have significant implications for UK registered
companies in the food and agribusiness sector with
subsidiaries in other jurisdictions.
Having discussed the decision of European Court of Justice to classify
plants developed with CrisprCAS9 as genetically modified in Issue 17,
in this issue we provide a detailed analysis on what this could mean for
gene editing techniques in the future.
Across the Atlantic, in Mexico, an investigation is currently underway
examining whether companies or individuals established cartel
arrangements that have adversely affected the corn flour market. If
found to be the case, financial stakeholders could be subject to
substantial fines and much reduced profits.
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