Peruvian maca root in bioprospecting dispute

1 02 2007

Article detailing the patent disputes between traditional shamanic medicines and corporate business interests:

Attempts by Peruvian indigenous groups, meanwhile, ultimately failed to overturn U.S. patents based on ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant used for centuries in religious and healing ceremonies, and nuna, a nutritious Andean bean that pops when toasted.

Peru hopes the MacaPure dispute will become a pivotal case in attempts to require all patent applications to disclose the source of genetic materials.


(via Tripzine)




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