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Click to edit Master subtitle style Global environmental inequalities? The case of bioprospecting
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Introduction Environmental (in)justice(s) – global dimensions “Whose nature?” – question of property
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Bioprospecting : search for new, valuable, profitable drugs derived from medicinal plants and other biological organisms Biological orgs People Knowledge Wider systems Politics of recent bioprospecting: laudable goals, deeper tensions?
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Bioprospecting in the past “It is quite by accident and only from savage nations that we owe our knowledge of specifics [medicines]; we owe not one to the science of the physicians.” - P.-L. Moreau de Maupertuis (1752) http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/hst/scientific-identity/fullsize/SIL14-M002-16a.jpg
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Early modern and 18th-century bioprospecting Science A M colonialism “Green gold” Economic botany Commodification of nature
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Bioprospecting in the 1980s-1990s Responses to earlier bioprospecting
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