|Bio Patents : The Controversy|
|Biotechnology issues and conflicts.|
The recent issue of Dr. Seed's human cloning project has been a heated debate, but not the only one surrounding biotechnology and biotechnology patents. The following is a review of material that tackles the controversial issues surrounding biotechnology patents.
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RAFI has several fascinating and serious patent controversies documented on their website, the most recent (as of this writing) of which is subtitled how to "invent" a chickpea without really trying, a controversy involving the Australian seed industry's attempt to gain a monopoly on Asian chickpeas. Another interesting story is Bolivian Quinoa Claimed in US Patent, a report of how agronomists Duane Johnson and Sarah Ward of Colorado State University received US patent# 5,304,718. The patent gives Johnson and Ward exclusive monopoly control of male sterile plants of the traditional Bolivian "Apelawa" Quinoa variety and its use in creating other hybrid Quinoa varieties. Quinoa if you do not already know is a hardy, nutrient rich and tasty (I've tried it) South American grain that has been grown and developed by indigenous peoples for centuries.
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