Unnatural Selection: Technology, Politics, and Plant Evolution

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Gordon and Breach, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 317 pages
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Seeds and planting materials are central to the agricultural industry that feeds us all. Yet, until recently, there has been little interest in analyzing the legal and political processes through which intellectual property rights are constructed for these biological materials. Concentrating on the U.S. experience, Unnatural Selection offers a comprehensive history and insightful sociological analysis of the struggle to own and control biological materials from the 1800s when farmers adapted and bred their own crops, to the first patent law covering plant varieties in 1930, to current international controversies.

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Environmentalists Cary Fowler and Patrick Mooney work for the Rural Advancement Fund International, a non-profit organization supporting family farm agriculture and the conservation of genetic diversity. In recognition of their work in this area, they received in 1985 the Right Livelihood Foundation's "Alternative Nobel Prize.

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