Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth

October 31, 2020
Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth

Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, TraditionalKnowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth lays outthe scientific, legal, political, and cultural struggle to defendthe sovereignty of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge.Corporate war on nature and people through patents and corporateIntellectual Property Rights has unleashed an epidemic of biopiracyresulting in important legal battles fighting efforts to patent therights to many plants, including basmati, neem, and wheat. Theauthor presents details of the specific attempts made bycorporations to secure these patents and the legal actions taken tofight them.The book goes beyond the legal struggle to position thenecessary solutions to corporate control including the exploringthe Rights of Nature and proposing a framework for a UniversalDeclaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. It is the first detailedlegal history of the international and national laws related tobiodiversity and Intellectual Property Rights.