Groups urge ratification of plant genetic resources treaty

Treaty would create specialized global system for management and exchange of plant genetic resources from international gene banks.

A diverse group of more than 80 agricultural, food and research groups representing both industry and the public sector are urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture. The treaty — which would create a specialized, global system for the management and exchange of plant genetic resources from international gene banks — was signed by the U.S. in 2002, but ratification is still pending in t

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