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Treaty enacted to preserve crop biodiversity

On June 29, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture went into effect to protect crop biodiversity. Its goal: to foster conservation and sustainable use of plants that may possess genes for disease resistance or other traits important for crops. So far, 55 nations have ratified the treaty, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Greece, Italy, India, Egypt, Spain, and Sweden.

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