Biocolonialism and its Effects on Indigenous Populations

The National Geographic Counterargument

National Geographic’s counters for the IPCB having an issue with the Genographic Project are: While the goals of the Human Genome Diversity Project and the Genographic Project do overlap, there are significant differences in the GP’s mission and the procedure of the program. Ex: “an international advisory board will oversee the selection of indigenous populations…

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Problems with Genetic Research

indigenous-people-oppose-national-geographic-ibm-project   This is an article from Mongabay.com about the IPCB fighting the Human Genetic Diversity Project, others like it, and why. Basically, in 1993, they had suspicions that the genetic researchers involved in the project were pirating their DNA for personal, unethical means. As it turns out, these suspicions were real, biopiracy is a…

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The Leech and the Earthworm

A synopsis of the film, in the words of the director, Debra Harry: Indigenous peoples voice their views on Western science, its vision of a genetically engineered future, and its deep links with corporate profits and globalization. The Leech and the Earthworm is a journey that combines passionate critiques of a future threatened by genetic…

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Biocolonialism and its Effects on Indigenous Peoples

Biocolonialism is, to put it most simply, “the commandeering of knowledge and biological resources from an indigenous people without compensation.“ Laurie Ann Whitt explained it as “if colonialism encompasses the interlocking array of policies and practices (economic, social, political and legal) that a dominant culture can draw on to maintain and extend its control over…

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