Robert E. Rhoades is dead. He was a pioneer of agricultural anthropology and wrote extensively on conservation of agrobiodiversity, especially how local people do it. His 1991 National Geographic piece The World’s Food Supply at Risk is a classic.
Agrobiodiversity is crops, livestock, microbes, pollinators, wild relatives ...
by Luigi Guarino on March 25, 2010
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Åsmund Bjørnstad is not at all daunted by the doubters on the need to reform patents:
First, I entirely agree that “global legal harmonization” is a daunting task… [But] [g]iven that four countries has passed breeding exceptions for patents, that Switzerland adds compulsory licensing to this, and the emergence of private licensing consortia, changes need not be dramatic.
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