Thursday, January 7, 2010

Biopiracy surges in the Amazon rainforest

Rainforest Flora
Biopiracy means not only the smuggling of diverse forms of flora and fauna, but mainly the appropriation and monopolization of traditional population’s knowledge and biological resources. Biopiracy causes the loss of control of traditional populations over their resources. In the Amazon region this is not a new phenomenon.

Photo courtesy of Nick Jewell/Flickr

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