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From Collection to Cultivation

Peanuts in the shell, drying in and around a basket

In an article newly published in Enterprise & Society, postdoctoral research fellow Tad Brown offers a lively history of contests over patents, trademarks, and control of the U.S. peanut market. Zooming in on the seemingly humble wrapper, he shows "how intellectual property became indispensable to peanut sales" — and by extension to the modern food industry. Read on at Enterprise & Society.