Resource Pointer #38
June 28, 1995
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Unnatural Selection: Technology, Politics, and Plant
Evolution, 1994.* Cary Fowler. History of seed collection,
property rights and commercialization of agriculture is
analyzed in terms of economic and legal decisions and their
impact on genetic diversity. Provides background information
on seed saving and commodification of seeds before exploring
the role of U.S. Congress, U.S. courts and international
initiatives in influencing intellectual property rights for
plants. Examines the Plant Patent Act of 1930, the Plant
Variety Protection Act of 1970, recent U.S. legal decisions
and the implications for intellectual property rights of GATT
and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Appendices
include an accounting of genetic diversity loss and
definitions of technical terms. 317 pp. US$20 or UK$13.
Harwood Academic Publishers, c/o IPD, 820 Town Center Drive,
Langhorne, PA 19047; phone (800) 565-9523.
*Putting Gender on the Agenda: A Guide to Participating in UN
World Conferences, 1995.* United Nations Development Fund for
Women (UNIFEM). Describes planning, organization and process
of UN world conferences, with emphasis on procedures of the
Fourth World Conference on Women in China, September 1995.
Aims to facilitate access and participation for NGOs at UN
conferences by defining terms, reviewing agendas and
recommending NGO strategies for access and effectiveness.
Appendix includes contact information for relevant
international agencies. 51 pp. No charge. UNIFEM, 304 East
45th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017; phone (212) 906-
6400; fax (212) 906-6705.
*Democratic Global Civil Governance: Report of the 1995
Benchmark Survey of International NGOs, 1995.* Benchmark
Environmental Consulting. Commissioned by the Norwegian Royal
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this report seeks to define the
significance, roles and needs of international NGOs. Examines
results of a survey of NGOs, summarizes findings in terms of
obstacles and aids to NGO access and impact in international
meetings, and provides recommendations for facilitating NGO
participation. Copy of NGO survey is included in appendix.
150 pp. US$40 (Developed world); US$30 (NGOs in Developed
world); US$15 (Developing world); plus US$5 shipping (US$8
for airmail outside U.S.). Publications Division, Benchmark
Environmental Consulting, 49 Dartmouth Street, Portland, ME,
04101; phone (207) 775-9078; fax (207) 772-3539.
*What's Ahead for the World Bank: Interviews on the Bank's
Role in Promoting Sustainable Development, 1995.* Charles
Stewart Mott Foundation. Report addresses questions of the
World Bank's successes, failures and future directions
through interviews with NGO critics of the World Bank, U.S.
government office-holders and World Bank officials.
Interviewees offer critiques, suggestions and goals from a
variety of perspectives. 40 pp. Charles Stewart Mott
Foundation, 1200 Mott Foundation Building, Flint, MI 48502;
phone (810) 766-1766; fax (810) 766-1753.
*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE!*
The Pesticide Action Network North American regional
conference--"Alligators, Organics and You: Replacing
Pesticides and Advancing Alternatives"--will bring activists
and researchers from North America and around the world
together, September 17-19, 1995, in Menlo Park, California.
There will be Spanish-speaking participants who will need
interpretation, and we need volunteers to make this possible!
Interpreters will receive free admittance to the conference,
where leading researchers and sustainable agriculture
advocates are organizing workshops and panels on sustainable
cotton production, organic agriculture, pesticide use
reduction, biotechnology and many other topics. Make
connections with interesting activists from around the world,
learn about the latest campaigns, trends and priorities in
alternative agriculture, and share your skills at this
important event! To receive an application, or for details
about the conference, please contact Adam Kirshner at
Pesticide Action Network North America: 116 New Montgomery,
Suite 810, San Francisco, CA 94105; phone (415) 541-9140;
fax (415) 541-9253; email email@example.com.
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