Food Security, Biological Diversity and Intellectual Property Rights

1st Edition

Muriel Lightbourne

Routledge
Published February 27, 2017
Reference - 328 Pages
ISBN 9781138267855 - CAT# Y314718
Series: Intellectual Property, Theory, Culture

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Summary

This volume advances the claim that the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) adopted in 2001 is the only existing international agreement with the potential to promote food security, conservation of biodiversity and equity. However, for germplasm-rich countries, national interests come into conflict with the global interest. This work shows that the pursuit of national interests is counterproductive when it comes to maintaining genetic resources, food-security and rent-seeking and that optimally, the coverage of the FAO Treaty should be widened to apply to all crops.

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