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Genes for Sale: Privatization as a Conservation Policy

By: JH Vogel

156 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Oct 1994 | #34170 | ISBN: 0195089103
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As the rainforest is destroyed and habitats degraded, conservationists are now urgently searching for dramatic new ways to save these natural economic resources. In this provocative and important book, Vogel examines the idea of the privatisation of genetic information, where private property rights are created over genes. Landowners would thus have a newfound financial incentive to protect what they already control.

"The biodiversity convention from the Rio de Janeiro UNCED meeting has drawn attention to the need to address the issue of intellectual property rights over biodiversity, and this book adds a new approach to the debate. It is well researched and should help conservationists to consider these issues more clearly and more radically. All conservationists should read and ponder the contents of this book and hopefully apply many of its ideas." --Ghillean T. Prance, Director, Kew Royal Botanic Garden
"Dr. Vogel's book throws much welcome light on this complex of issues. Read it, whether for your professional interest (lot of it) or for your personal benefit (ultra-lots of it)." --Norman Myers, author of The Sinking Ark and The Wealth of Species
"An original, highly thought-provoking contribution to the conservation debate....Packed with provocative ideas and views which are contrary to mainstream thinking. This originality makes it all the more valuable in a time of 'politically co


1. Introduction; 2. Statement of the Problem; Survey of the Solutions; 3. Genetically Coded Functions: The Importance of Definitions; 4. Analogy Becomes Application: Property Rights Mean Privatization; 5. Illustrating the Problem and the Property Rights Solution; 6. Genesteaders; 7. The Rationale, Design, and Implementation of the Gargantuan Database; 8. Politics; 9. Finance; 10. Final Payments: Greenhouse Gas Abatement; 11. Conclusion: The Ten Principles for Conserving Genetic Information

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