"Enola" Bean 4

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    Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT). The so-called "Enola" yellow bean variety that has been at the centre of a decade-long biopiracy case. Please credit accordingly.

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    1. mikescottnz 35 months ago | reply


      All humankind as the owner of biodiversity
      A more humanistic view of this debate is the claim that biodiversity is something that should be held in common by people in general. Under this view, any and all people who have a need for an advantage reaped by scientific exploration should be granted access to it.
      Consequentialist arguments

      Consequentialist arguments typically consider the maximisation of utility or other benefits.

      In the case of the Rosy Periwinkle, the most noticeable consequence of the plant's widespread medicinal use is the numbers of cancer patients whose lives it saved. Most ownership rights entail the right to refuse certain uses, and a Consequentialist might conclude that the benefit of saving people's lives should outweigh and supersede property rights. In the case of the Enola bean, however, Consequentialist arguments favour the interests of Mexican bean farmers.


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