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Stand and Deliver: Biopiracy, Law and the Balkanization of the Genescape
Professor Jack Kloppenburg
Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
For 40 years now the users and suppliers of agricultural biodiversity have traded charges of highway robbery. Seed companies demand that purchasers of their seed pay a royalty and respect the intellectual property rights they hold on the crop varieties they claim as their inventions. Peasants, Indigenous peoples, and biodiverse nations demand that they be compensated for access to the valuable genetic resources that they now realize they have been delivering free for the use of the seed companies.