Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Farmers' right in U.S history

The Farmers' Right To Save Seed

      The Contracting Parties recognise the enormous contribution that the local and indigenous communities and farmers of all regions of the world, particularly those in the centres of origin and crop diversity, have made and will continue to make for the conservation and development of plant genetic resources which constitute the basis of food and agriculture production throughout the world.
      The Contracting Parties agree that the responsibility for realising Farmers' Rights, as they relate to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, rests with national governments. In accordance with their needs and priorities, each Contracting Party should, as appropriate, and subject to its national legislation, take measures to protect and promote Farmers' Rights, including: protection of traditional knowledge relevant to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture;the right to equitably participate in the sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; andthe right to participate in making decisions, at the national level, on matters related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
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