Definition of biopiracy in US English:



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

    • ‘According to People and the Planet, environmentalists in some Third World countries now link ecotourism with biopiracy.’
    • ‘Monitoring patents worldwide is a mammoth task and challenging biopiracy obscenely expensive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Examples of such biopiracy include patents on neem, turmeric, ginger, pepper, and basmati, to name just a few.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If not respected, revitalised, and protected, traditional knowledge can fall prey to biopiracy… as has repeatedly happened in the last few decades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many examples of acts of biopiracy can be quoted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some have suggested that biopiracy happens because Indian knowledge is not documented.’
    • ‘The mechanics of this new form of biopiracy can again be gleaned from well-documented case studies.’
    • ‘In that way, Costa Rica, which owns the organism, protects itself from biopiracy and must be consulted for any further supply.’
    • ‘It would be another form of biopiracy and double standards.’
    • ‘In addition, the biotechnology industry has earned an estimated US $5.4 billion from biopiracy alone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’