Friday, February 03, 2006

Captain Hook Awards for BioPiracy

At the 2006 meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (March 20th-31st in Curitiba, Brazil) civil society organisations from The Coalition Against Biopiracy (CAB) will be awarding prizes to the individuals, corporations and governments who either committed biopiracy* or fought against it in the last few years. The Captain Hook awards for Biopiracy is a biannual event exposing the ongoing theft of our biological and cultural heritage through life patenting, new technologies and corporate plunder. We need your nominations now.
Point out the pirates! What is the most outrageous biopiracy case in your country? Who is ripping off indigenous knowledge in your community? Who is grabbing your genes, patenting your plants or monopolizing your molecules? Has anyone co-opted your culture? Trademarked your patron saint? Claimed ownership of your language? Help put the spotlight on the greediest biopirates from across the globe by nominating them for the Captain Hook Awards for Biopiracy. Only the nastiest offenders will skulk away as winners.
Reward the resistance! It's not all skulls and crossbones. The CAB also awards those who have fought bravely and successfully to defend the commons. You can also nominate those who have fended off acts of biopiracy, repelled patents or defended people's rights. The winners will receive a "Cog" award (named after 'cog' ships designed to ward off pirates).
via the ETC Group

posted by ryan griffis  # 10:49 AM

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