A Rights-Based Approach to Food Security
Chapter 6: Seeds
This chapter explores the regulation of genetic resources for agriculture, which are generally contained in seeds. It outlines how food security depends on farmers and researchers having access to a large, evolving pool of plant genetic resources. Hence, a rights-based approach to agricultural regulation would grant priority to the maintenance and expansion of non-exclusive, common pools of plant genetics. This chapter then critically analyses the main international instruments that establish exclusive or non-exclusive rights in seeds, and attempts to preserve common pools of plant genetic materials.
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