biopiracy

noun bio·pi·ra·cy \ ¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦pī-rə-sē \

Definition of biopiracy

:the unethical or unlawful appropriation or commercial exploitation of biological materials (such as medicinal plant extracts) that are native to a particular country or territory without providing fair financial compensation to the people or government of that country or territory
  • The 60-year-old scientist was dwelling in semi-isolation, having … lost his job at a Brazilian research institute and been charged with a raft of offenses, including misusing government property and violating Brazil's biopiracy laws.
  • —Joshua HammerSmithsonianFebruary 2008
  • Turmeric is a poster child for one of the most noted intellectual-property cases on biopiracy, which pitted an Indian government-supported research organization against a 1995 patent issued to the University of Mississippi for the use of the spice for wound healing.
  • —Gary StixScientific AmericanFebruary 2007

biopirate

play \¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦pī-rət\ noun, plural biopirates
    • Indigenous people are at the mercy of biopirates who steal their traditional knowledge of medicinal plants.
    • —Stephen LeahyNew Scientist28 Feb. 2004

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First Known Use of biopiracy

1993


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