Corporate ‘Biopiracy’ in Peru Threatens Indigenous Knowledge

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 "biopiracy" of foreign companies who have filed over 11,690 patents for the domestic produce of the region, effectively poaching the natural heritage of the country. [...]

By |October 7th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

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

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 patents on neem, basmati and turmeric, India has had some experience in safeguarding its traditional knowledge systems against patent authorities in western countries and pharmaceutical [...]

By |August 26th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Ecuador names and shames biopirates

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 Korea as the five countries that requested most patents for products derived from Ecuador’s endemic resources. So-called “biopirates” in these countries are responsible for 113 [...]

By |July 5th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Ecuador Will Call for Bio-piracy Agreement in Geneva

  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 held in Geneva, an official source reported today. According to the National Secretariat for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (Senescyt), during the 30th Session [...]

By |May 30th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

65,000 people opposed to Syngenta patenting South American tomatoes

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 discovered in South America and cultivated by traditional methods.  The tomato was accepted as an "invention" in August 2015, with patent EP1515600, which further describes [...]

By |May 26th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Is quinoa California farmers’ new kale?

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, their seed tassels turning russet in the desert sun. Lundberg, 54, soon is chest-high in quinoa, a crop that is thriving in an unexpected place: [...]

By |May 11th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Helping Peru protect and benefit from its biodiversity

UNCTAD held two workshops in Peru last month to look at how the country could use the Nagoya Protocol to ensure it gets a fair share from research and commercial benefits derived from local microorganisms, plants and animals. Peru is home to more than 25,000 plant species, one-third of which can only be found on [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

The successes and drawbacks of Peru´s fight against biopiracy

by Simon Wilson Cortijo In 1981 Loren Miller, a director of a natural medicine company, returned to the U.S. carrying a sample of the hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca. Miller’s proposal was to have the sample, apparently given to him by an indigenous tribe in Ecuador, patented as a new plant variety of his own making. The [...]

By |March 7th, 2016|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Maca: the latest Peruvian wonder food in danger of ‘biopiracy’

By Will Handley Chinese are accused of "biopiracy" which, if true, could decimate the Maca industry in Peru The maca root and its benefits have long been used by Peruvians. The native Andean people were the first to exploit the benefits of this tuber nearly 2000 years ago. Primarily used to help with fertility, anemia, [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Peruvian maca exports up 109% last year

By Hillary Ojeda The main maca markets include the US, China, and Japan. Even amid the smuggling and biopiracy of the Peruvian maca root, the extremely sought after food reached a total of US$ 28.7 million of worth in exports last year, according to Andina news agency. Government authorities are working to contain these smuggling [...]

By |February 16th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments