American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The commercial development of naturally occurring biological materials, such as plant substances or genetic cell lines, by a technologically advanced country or organization without fair compensation to the peoples or nations in whose territory the materials were originally discovered.
- n. pejorative The appropriation of indigenous biomedical knowledge, especially by patenting naturally occurring substances
- n. biological theft; illegal collection of indigenous plants by corporations who patent them for their own use
“Bioprospection, or biopiracy, is not a futuristic scenario but a reality.”
“First, they say they are frustrated by the limited benefits that their countries gain under the current ABS frameworks, complaining that the rich world is engaging in "biopiracy" - plundering their resources without sharing any of the loot.”
“Africans call this biopiracy, which is exactly what it is.”
“Less interesting is his discussion of Wickham's "biopiracy" and how it furthered Britain's imperial designs.”
“Such "biopiracy" is now being justified as a new "partnership" between agribusiness and”
“Such 'biopiracy' has led many developing countries to focus on ways of protecting, rather than promoting, their traditional knowledge.”
“The fight against "biopiracy" has won the support of indigenous communities and defenders of the Amazon rain forest who say corporations unfairly benefit from medicine and other products derived from Brazil's exotic plants, poisonous snakes or brightly colored frogs.”
“The planned protocol would ban so-called "biopiracy" and outline how countries with genetic resources would share in the benefits of the assets' commercial development.”
“The international non-governmental organisation Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), which has done most to bring the project to the attention of indigenous peoples are campaigning against what they call an epidemic of 'biopiracy', or 'bio-colonialism'.”
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