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Nat Rev Genet. 2005 Dec;6(12):946-53.

Science and society: protecting crop genetic diversity for food security: political, ethical and technical challenges.

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FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy. Jose.Esquinas@fao.org.

Abstract

Crop genetic diversity - which is crucial for feeding humanity, for the environment and for sustainable development - is being lost at an alarming rate. Given the enormous interdependence of countries and generations on this genetic diversity, this loss raises critical socio-economic, ethical and political questions. The recent ratification of a binding international treaty, and the development of powerful new technologies to conserve and use resources more effectively, have raised expectations that must now be fulfilled.

PMID:
16341075
DOI:
10.1038/nrg1729
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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