Biopiracy designates the intellectual appropriation made on traditional knowledge of natural resources, especially medicinal and agricultural plants (like seeds) and their use, by modern Agro Industry, laboratories from industrialized countries and international companies, for which they are awarded exclusive rights to use under patent laws [1].


[1This definition is a free adaptation between the one given on the website On the Commons: and those given by Miquel Ortega (Coord.), Deuda ecológica ¿Quien debe a quien?, Editorial y observatorio de la deuda en la globalización, Colección contraargumentos (num.1), Barcelona, Junio 2003