Unnatural Selection: Technology, Politics and Plant Evolution is the first full-length study to focus entirely on the historical development of the control and ownership of living materials. Moving from a detailed consideration of property rights in the United States, Cary Fowler explores current efforts to create globally applicable mechanisms. As struggles continue over the precious resources to sustain life, it is increasingly important to understand the dynamics of the choices being made and to become more knowledgeable actors in the shaping of these choices.
Table of ContentsBackground: Distribution, Development and Early Forms of Control of Biological Materials and the Commercialization of U.S. Agriculture
U.S. Congress and the Courts: The Construction of Intellectual Property Rights for Plants
Defining Property Rights in International Arenas: New Issues and Actors, Unsettled Conflicts