By MWANGI MUIRURI
It now emerges that Rift Valley residents have, in the last two years, lost more than Sh70 million to western piracy targeting indigenous plants. This follows revelations that the detergent behind the faded jeans' fashion industry is derived from an indigenous plant that was pirated from the Rift Valley's caustic lakes.
International press now have bared how a British scientists from Leicester University worked with US firm Genencor to patent-utilise without consent, a microbe that lives in the caustic lakes of Kenya's Rift Valley.
Latin America Data Base
PUBLICATION: Latin America Press
DATE: 15 August 2006
Latin America Data Base - 15 Aug 2006
Under CAFTA, indigenous heritage becomes intellectual property for the
Indigenous communities and environmentalists call it biopiracy;
international pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers call it
bioprospecting. Whatever one chooses to call it, the Free Trade
Agreement between the United States and Central America and the
Dominican Republic (CAFTA) has opened the door to foreign ownership of
Google accused of bio-piracy
March 29, 2006, 18:15 BST
First it was China, now it's genetics; Google is in hot water with privacy advocates again
Search giant Google has been accused of being the "biggest threat to genetic privacy" for its alleged plan to create a searchable database of genetic information.
And the Winners Are...
The winners of the Captain Hook Awards for Biopiracy announced in Curitiba today are an eclectic group that includes old favorites and new up-and-comers; Community-based biodiversity efforts win Cog Awards for defending food sovereignty
Creating a Network Against Biopiracy
Article from Inter Press Service. Date: 27 March 2006
CURITIBA, Brazil, Mar 27 (IPS) - Two patents granted in the United States between 2000 and 2002 and another for which an application
has been filed have put "maca", a high altitude Andean plant that is used by indigenous people in Peru, at the centre of a new