Definition of biopiracy in English:



mass noun
  • The practice of commercially exploiting naturally occurring biochemical or genetic material, especially by obtaining patents that restrict its future use, while failing to pay fair compensation to the community from which it originates.

    • ‘The backdrop was set in 1992 with the introduction of modern efforts to protect biodiversity in the face of so-called biopiracy, the stealing of local genetic material.’
    • ‘Monitoring patents worldwide is a mammoth task and challenging biopiracy obscenely expensive.’
    • ‘In that way, Costa Rica, which owns the organism, protects itself from biopiracy and must be consulted for any further supply.’
    • ‘The mechanics of this new form of biopiracy can again be gleaned from well-documented case studies.’
    • ‘If not respected, revitalised, and protected, traditional knowledge can fall prey to biopiracy… as has repeatedly happened in the last few decades.’
    • ‘Many examples of acts of biopiracy can be quoted.’
    • ‘According to People and the Planet, environmentalists in some Third World countries now link ecotourism with biopiracy.’
    • ‘The claims of biopiracy were also meritless, resting on a stupid claim that bioprospecting was illegitimate unless all indigenous communities in a region approve it.’
    • ‘In addition, the biotechnology industry has earned an estimated US $5.4 billion from biopiracy alone.’
    • ‘It would be another form of biopiracy and double standards.’
    • ‘And there is much to resist - the biopiracy of multinationals, the cultural onslaught of Western junk culture, consumerism, as well as the polarization of communalism.’
    • ‘Some have suggested that biopiracy happens because Indian knowledge is not documented.’
    • ‘Examples of such biopiracy include patents on neem, turmeric, ginger, pepper, and basmati, to name just a few.’
    • ‘Environmentalists here have agreed to establish a cooperation network to fight the increasing danger of biopiracy and exploitation of the country's rich biodiversity by irresponsible businesses.’
    • ‘Concrete examples of the effect of biopiracy on indigenous communities aren't hard to find.’
    • ‘And if biopiracy is not stopped, the every day survival of ordinary Indians will be threatened, as over time our indigenous knowledge and resources will be used to make patented commodities for global trade.’
    • ‘From the watering down of the Kyoto protocol to biopiracy and the patenting of life, the environment has been left in the hands of corporations.’