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1. Why do the authors argue that we need to move “beyond the taxonomic imperative”?
2. In what way does this initiative have political implications?
3. In what way does this initiative have economic implications?
4. Why do you think that genetic resources in the form of agricultural materials move freely across borders but bar-coding initiatives have been blocked by political entities?