Congress Must Reform Current Legislation Restrict Bioprospecting On Federal Land, And Regulate The Amount Of Monetary Gain
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Affirmative Case Congress must reform current legislation to restrict bioprospecting on federal land, and regulate the amount of monetary gain that landholders can receive from bioprospecting companies that use their resources. The National Park Service is a smaller government agency within the Department of Agriculture. This is the agency that is in dire need of legislation to restrict bioprospecting, and manage the profit margin that national parks can receive from allowing bioprospecting companies to use their resources.
Observation I – Harms/Significance/Motive The Department of Agriculture manages land owned by the federal government. As a result, the Department of Agriculture would enforce laws regarding how the federal government might profit from prospecting natural biological resources within the United States. However, if Congress does not pass legislation to dictate when, where and how bioprospecting can be profited from then individual agencies may characterize bioprospecting as "scientific research."
It is moral and legally ethical to use bioprospecting profits for maintaining national parks. The Biodiversity Treaty sanctioned that countries whose biological resources are exploited by bioprospecting companies have a right to share the financial benefits resulting from the sale of these resources (Adair, 1997). National parklands are owned by the federal government. Therefore, our national parks have the legal right to share in the financial benefits that