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Indigenous and Heirloom Seeds: Stewardship, Sovereignty and Legal Protection

Date: Wednesday, April 10 - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Location: City High  37 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Intellectual property has been protecting plants and seed in the United States since the 1930s. Over the last century, the reach of intellectual property over seeds and plants has consistently expanded. At the same time, there have been a number of international initiatives that have attempted to regulate how plants and seeds are used and exchanged. The result is a complex and changing legal landscape that impacts the way seeds and plants are used as well as who gets to control and benefit from that use. This workshop will look at techniques used to ensure Indigenous intellectual property, traditional ecological knowledge and traditional crop varieties are protected. We will hear about the key features of intellectual property law and other plant protection and methods that exist in seed stewardship.