Plant Collecting Agreements

Some history and context regarding the CBD and ABS

It is very helpful to understand the broader context of why we have ended up in this situation with regard to the CBD, ABS, Nagoya, ITPGRFA, et al. Sabrina Safrin, an international lawyer who participated in the negotiations for the "International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture" (ITPGRFA) and presented a very well-received talk in a symposium at the 2008 APGA meeting, wrote an excellent award-winning article about the situation:

"Hyperownership in a Time of Biotechnological Promise: The International Conflict to Control the Building Blocks of Life"


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