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In September, the United States ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, known as the International Seed Treaty.Indeed, the Seed Treaty is a politically correct, anti-technology fiasco.ToThe guiding principle of the Seed Treaty is that genetic resources fall within the "sovereign right" of member states (i.e. governments). The Seed Treaty achieves this by establishing a multilateral system for access to a negotiated list of agricultural genetic resources.The Seed Treaty also brought under the control of its parties and secretariat the 15 research institutions that comprise the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research, an influential global research partnership. The CGIAR centers have been able to continue exchanges of genetic resources, but the process is now much more complicated and demanding that it was before the Seed Treaty came into force.The U.S. Senate, which ratified the Seed Treaty, should reconsider, as Article 32 of the treaty allows.
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