Biopiracy: How companies are buying up nature

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Medicines and cosmetics use substances derived from nature. But Bioprospecting can turn into biopiracy. More and more companies are patenting natural ingredients making billions. It can come at a cost to the environment and traditional communities living in biodiversity-rich regions.

Reporter: Louise Osborne
Video Editor: David Jacobi
Supervising Editor: Joanna Gottschalk

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European Patent Office accepts biopiracy argument and revokes patent:

World Intellectual Property Organization: Leveraging economic growth through benefit sharing:

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing:

Corporate control and global governance of marine genetic resources:

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library:

00:00 Introduction
00:45 How It Began
02:28 Patently Questionable
05:25 Exploitation of Nature
07:12 Ethical Biotrade
08:38 Taking to the High Seas
10:50 The Road Ahead

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