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Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

International Law

2005

Agriculture

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Protecting Traditional Agricultural Knowledge, Stephen B. Brush Jan 2005

Protecting Traditional Agricultural Knowledge, Stephen B. Brush

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Until the end of the last century, crop genetic resources were managed as public domain goods according to a set of practices loosely labeled as “common heritage.” The rise of intellectual property for plants, the commercialization of seed, the increasing use of genetic resources in crop breeding, and the declining availability of crop genetic resources have contributed to extensive revisions to the common heritage regime. Changes include specifying national ownership over genetic resources and use of contracts in the movement of resources between countries. This Essay explores the impact of these changes in cradle areas of crop domestication, evolution and ...