Corporate ‘Biopiracy’ in Peru Threatens Indigenous Knowledge

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Foreign corporations have filed over 11,000 patents for a staggering 4,400 Peruvian plant products. The production and consumption of natural Andean and Amazonian ancestral products in Peru is threatened by the [...]

Can India draw red lines to protect traditional health knowledge systems from bio piracy?

August 26th, 2016|0 Comments

by Ritu Priya and Chris Mary Kurian The World Intellectual Property Organisation is set to debate the rights of users and beneficiaries of traditional health knowledge In fighting off attempts to [...]

Ecuador names and shames biopirates

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

QUITO] Developed countries top the list of nations that have pirated Ecuador’s genetic resources, a report has found. The study lists the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and South [...]

Ecuador Will Call for Bio-piracy Agreement in Geneva

May 30th, 2016|0 Comments

  The adoption of a new international agreement against bio piracy will be the proposal defended by Ecuador in a meeting organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), being [...]

65,000 people opposed to Syngenta patenting South American tomatoes

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

In May, a record 65,000 people from 30 countries and 32 organizations have backed the complaint issued to the European Patent Office due to the approval of a Syngenta tomato [...]

Is quinoa California farmers’ new kale?

May 11th, 2016|0 Comments

By Geoffrey Mohan-Contact Reporter Bryce Lundberg is elated, which is saying a lot for a California farmer these days. "Hop on in," he says, wading into eight acres of ragged stalks, [...]


Tumbes : seize 10 tons of maca valued at half a million dollars

October 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Seizure was made after denouncing Cuarto Poder

Chinese Natonals s Are Illegally Exporting Maca From Peru

This powerful report originally aired on AmericaTV on 17 August 2014. This is the first version available with English subtitles. The video details how a group of Chinese nationals are illegally purchasing and exporting whole [...]

EU budgets / Biopiracy / European Book Prize

Comment on European Parliament Facebook page: MEPs discuss biopiracy and hold a book prize debate with distinguished guests.

Biopiracy : A threat to our resources

Manuel Ruiz de la SPDA es entrevistado sobre la patente de genes a partir de la ley 29316


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Over the past few years, resources like ayahuasca, maca, quinoa and related traditional knowledge related to them, have become part of inventions which are protected by patents or other intellectual property rights, with no recognition to their origin. It is this misappropriation or illegal access to these resources and knowledge which the concept of “biopiracy” seeks to describe
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