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Sustaining Agricultural Biodiversity

ISBN: 9781853390302
This paper discusses priorities from CSOs and Farmers' Organisations for changes in a range of activities, policies and instruments at local, national and international levels, which would effectively protect the genetic integrity of the agricultural biodiversity needed to sustain livelihoods, landscapes and life on earth.

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  • Synopsis
    "Genetic resources are the result of millennia of evolution and belong to all of humanity. Therefore, there should be a prohibition on biopiracy and patents on living organisms, including the development of sterile varieties through genetic engineering processes. Seeds are the patrimony of all of humanity. The monopolisation by a number of transnational corporations of the technologies to create genetically modified organisms (GMOs) represents a grave threat to the peoples' food sovereignty. At the same time, in light of the fact that the effects of GMOs on health and the environment are unknown, we demand a ban on open experimentation, production and marketing until there is conclusive knowledge of their nature and impact, strictly applying the principle of precaution."

    This paper concludes with a list of priorities from CSOs and Farmers' Organisations for changes in a range of activities, policies and instruments at local, national and international levels. These changes would effectively protect the genetic integrity of, and open access to, the agricultural biodiversity needed to sustain livelihoods, landscapes and life on earth.

  • Table of Contents
    Summary, including International Threats and Opportunties
    and the International Seed Treaty
    Context
    Some NGO/CSO activities since 1996
    Maintaining crop diversity
    Conserving domestic animal diversity
    Restoring marine diversity
    Challenging the introduction of GM fish
    Developing agro-ecotourism
    Facilitating farmers' voices in the biotech debate
    Challenging perverse patents
    Protecting farmers' rights
    Contamination of centres of diversity by GMOs
    Monitoring IPR encroachment
    Agenda for Action
    Genetically modified organisms
    Trade
    Intellectual property rights and biopiracy
    Concentration of power
    Genetic resource conservation and development
    Conclusion
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    Number of Pages 24
    Format Paperback / softback
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