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Biopiracy, Bioprospecting & Crop Genetic Resources: Access, Wealth Creation and Benefit Sharing Intermediate Video

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Presented by: Anatole Krattiger
Run Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
Presented at: Biotechnology: Science, Law & Policy (LAW 691), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU, Tempe, AZ, USA
Date: 20 April 2009


Anatole Krattiger Biopiracy is a much (over)used term when the real challenges are how to develop and implement transparent and effective access and benefit sharing (ABS) practices that encourage sound dealmaking in bioprospecting. The lecture examines the history of genetic resources exchange which form the backdrop to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. ABS practices are detailed and a number of seminal bioprospecting deals (including INBio, Yellowstone, and Diversa Inc.) are reviewed. The lecture concludes with a discussion on a) policy implications, b) institutional strategies, c) negotiating practices, d) the importance of finding pragmatic solutions to the interface between the Western model of intellectual property and indigenous communities/traditional knowledge, and e) a call for the continued open exchange of crop genetic resources which is vital for future food, feed and fiber productivity, particularly for developing countries.