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Abstract

Part I of this Note examines how food insecurity threatens global security. Part II will examine ways that food insecurity is treated today through food aid and charity donated from the wealthy countries of the world. Part II will also discuss agricultural productivity: how it was improved tremendously in the twentieth-century using "Green Revolution" methods of agricultural production, and why such methods are not the optimal solution for the crisis ahead in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Part III first examines how intellectual property rights function in the United States and throughout the world, and then ends with a narrower focus on how IPRs impact food security research. Part IV details the proposal of this Note, that the power of eminent domain is used to encourage patent holders to license their technology when a national emergency from international instability caused by food insecurity occurs. Finally, this Note concludes that a clear policy which includes the exercise of the government's eminent domain power will not weaken the incentives that IPRs provide for invention and innovation for the American economy.

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