Nutrition Business Journal

Traditions and innovation

Emerging legal frameworks protect indigenous people, and the companies building on their traditional knowledge

The path from shaman to shelf has always been complicated, but now, with “biopiracy” charges against companies patenting traditional knowledge drawing more attention, it’s controversial.

And, from certain points of view, bordering on the criminal.

From hoodia to kava, companies have claimed patent innovation for traditional or indigenous knowledge about biological resources.  While such misappropriation of t

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