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Ratified by more than 90 countries, the Nagoya Protocol is an international agreement ensuring that Indigenous communities are compensated when their agricultural resources and knowledge of wild plants and animals are utilized by agricultural corporations. However, the protocol has shortcomings. For example, it allows corporations to insist that their agreements with communities to conduct research on the commercial uses of the communities' resources and knowledge remain confidential. Therefore, some Indigenous advocates express concern that the protocol may have the unintended effect of ________

Which choice most logically completes the text?
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diminishing the monetary reward that corporations might derive from their agreements with Indigenous communities.


limiting the research that corporations conduct on the resources of the Indigenous communities with which they have signed agreements.


preventing independent observers from determining whether the agreements guarantee equitable compensation for Indigenous communities.


discouraging Indigenous communities from learning new methods for harvesting plants and animals from their corporate partners.

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