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Indigenous people, commerce clash over bioprospecting

Published: January 8, 2007, Author: AngelSupport

Maca growers and indigenous organizations were outraged when, in 2001, a New Jersey company, PureWorld Botanicals, received a U.S. patent for exclusive commercial distribution of an extract of maca’s active libido-enhancing compounds, which it branded as MacaPure. Peruvian officials called the patent an “emblematic case” of biopiracy and are preparing to challenge it in U.S. courts.

Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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