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Assault of the Biopirates

Biopiracy

By JOHN MBARIA
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

THEY COME AS TOURISTS AND WE URGE them to feel at home in our land and to travel as far and wide in it as they can. Others come as associates of a clique of "conservationists" who have maintained a traditional hold on Africa's conservation policy and practice.

Some come openly as researchers or students eager to dig as much information out of the countryside as possible. Yet others live with us, either as "visiting scientists" working in our national research institutions and universities or as "expert" expatriates.

Western 'bio-pirates' cheating Africa: report: Canadian firm named

Biopiracy

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Western 'bio-pirates' cheating Africa: report: Canadian firm named

National Post
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 Byline: Steven Edwards
Dateline: UNITED NATIONS
Source: CanWest News Service

UNITED NATIONS - The Canadian maker of a product marketed as a natural
treatment for impotence is branded a suspected "bio-pirate" by U.S. and
South African environmental groups in a new study.

The term refers to acquiring biological resources, ranging from plants

African bio-resources 'exploited by West'

Biopiracy

By Andrew Buncombe
Published: 17 February 2006

Dozens of Western multinationals have made millions of pounds in profits from exploiting African bio-resources taken from some of the poorest nations on earth, with not a penny offered in return.

Pharmaceutical firms are accused of breaching the United Nations convention on biodiversity, which states that nations have sovereignty over their own natural resources, by scouring continents for samples of unique materials, from plants to bacteria.

India hits back in 'bio-piracy' battle

Biopiracy

By Soutik Biswas
BBC News, Delhi

Yoga
Yoga exercises have been patented in the west
In a quiet government office in the Indian capital, Delhi, some 100 doctors are hunched over computers poring over ancient medical texts and keying in information.

These doctors are practitioners of ayurveda, unani and siddha, ancient Indian medical systems that date back thousands of years.

One of them is Jaya Saklani Kala, a young ayurveda doctor, who is wading through a dog-eared 500-year-old text book for information on a medicine derived from the mango fruit.

Report points to widespread biopiracy in Africa

Biopiracy

AUTHORS: Edmonds Institute (USA) and African Centre for Biosafety (South
Africa)
PUBLICATION: Press release
DATE: 30 January 2006
NOTE: The full report, "Out of Africa: Mysteries of access and benefit sharing", is available online: Out of Africa:

Edmonds Institute (USA) and African Centre for Biosafety (South Africa)

PRESS RELEASE:
REPORT POINTS TO WIDESPREAD BIOPIRACY IN AFRICA

Monday, January 30, 2006 -- A shocking report on Africa-wide biopiracy

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