Definition of biopiracy in US English:



  • Bioprospecting that exploits plant and animal species by claiming patents to restrict their general use.

    • ‘Concrete examples of the effect of biopiracy on indigenous communities aren't hard to find.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, the biotechnology industry has earned an estimated US $5.4 billion from biopiracy alone.’
    • ‘The mechanics of this new form of biopiracy can again be gleaned from well-documented case studies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some have suggested that biopiracy happens because Indian knowledge is not documented.’
    • ‘Many examples of acts of biopiracy can be quoted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would be another form of biopiracy and double standards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to People and the Planet, environmentalists in some Third World countries now link ecotourism with biopiracy.’
    • ‘Examples of such biopiracy include patents on neem, turmeric, ginger, pepper, and basmati, to name just a few.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If not respected, revitalised, and protected, traditional knowledge can fall prey to biopiracy… as has repeatedly happened in the last few decades.’