The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics

Accessing and Sharing the Benefits of the Genomics Revolution

Editors: Phillips, Peter W.B., Onwuekwe, Chika B. (Eds.)

  • Explores the legal, economic and political context for the debate about intellectual property rights for traditional knowledge and genetic resources
  • Investigates current flashpoints: battles over patented seeds, coexistence of GM and organic production; ownership and control of human genetic materials
  • Offers critical analysis of access and benefits sharing efforts around the world
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About this book

There is a veritable gold rush mentality in the life science world as scientists, entrepreneurs and multinationals are staking claims to the ‘code of life’ embodied in the world’s current stock of plants, animals, microbes and human populations. In response, the communities that see themselves as the custodians of both that traditional knowledge and specific genetic resources have demanded greater recognition of their role in creating and conserving this resource, access to any resulting improvements and a share of the benefits arising from their patrimony. This has precipitated a widespread effort—in local communities, in the marketplace, in many developing and developed countries and at the talks in the Doha Round of the WTO—to reconcile the interests and concerns of the two opposing groups.

This edited volume explores the legal, economic and political context for the debate about intellectual property rights for traditional knowledge and genetic resources and critically analyses the theory and practice of access and benefits sharing efforts around the world. The book also investigates the current flashpoints—the David and Goliath battle between Monsanto and Percy Schmeiser over farmers’ rights; the dispute over coexistence of GM and organic production; and the ownership and control of human genetic materials stored in human gene banks around the world.

 

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"This edited book consists of ten chapters and is volume 11 in the series entitled The International Library of Environment, Agriculture and Food Ethics. … It provides a useful overview of the evolution of intellectual property rights for plant technologies and products … . This book … provides varied views about access to and benefits from genetic technologies and materials. All who have an interest in biodiversity conservation, genetic innovations and the commercialization of genetic material … are likely to find this book worthwhile reading." (Clem Tisdell, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 22, 2009)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Challenge of Access and Benefit Sharing

    Phillips, Peter W.B. (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

  • Ideology of the Commons and Property Rights: Who Owns Plant Genetic Resources and the Associated Traditional Knowledge?

    Onwuekwe, Chika B.

    Pages 21-48

  • Farmers’ Privilege and Patented Seeds

    Phillips, Peter W.B.

    Pages 49-64

  • Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing: From Compensation to Transaction

    Castle, David (et al.)

    Pages 65-79

  • Biological Resources, Intellectual Property Rights and International Human Rights: Impacts on Indigenous and Local Communities

    Craig, Donna

    Pages 81-110

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eBook $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7449-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Accessing and Sharing the Benefits of the Genomics Revolution
Editors
  • Peter W.B. Phillips
  • Chika B. Onwuekwe
Series Title
The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5822-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5822-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5821-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7449-2
Series ISSN
1570-3010
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 214
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