IPR absent in Namibia

GRAIN | 25 September 1998 | BIO-IPR (1997-2009)

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BT IN THE HOT SEAT

Robin Jenkins | 20 September 1998 | Seedling - September 1998

The biopesticide Bt has become the latest starlet for the agrochemical and biotech industries. But fame is not likely to lead to fortune: more likely' it will result in the loss of an important pest control tool.

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The agrobusiness giants are dreaming of transforming huge tracts of South America into a Southern equivalent of the US Great Plains. Dreams are fast turning into reality as export revenues seduce governments into the game.

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Recent international negotiations suggest that some governments are behaving more like industry's handmaidens rather than champions of their people. But people all over the world are making it known that they will not sit back and allow corporate greed to appropriate their livelihoods.

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Rice, the showcase of farmer innovation, has so far largely escaped the interests of the corporate sector. But new technologies mean that the world's most important staple could become industrys newest cash cow.

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NURTURING THE SEED IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES

Tirso Gonzales, Nestor Chambi and Marcela Machaca | 15 June 1998 | Seedling - June 1998

Although invisible in Western development paradigms, alternative cosmovisions are the frameworks within which the richness of agricultural biodiversity has largely been created.

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Biopiracy, TRIPS and the Patenting of Asia's Rice Bowl

Assisi Foundation, Biothai, CEC, GRAIN, Greens Philippines, Hayuma, MAPISAN, MASIPAG, PAN Indonesia, PDG, SIBAT, TREE, Dr Romy Quijano (University of the Philippines) and Dr Oscar Zamora (University of the Philippines). | 25 May 1998 | Reports

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