The Neem tree and its valuable products are protected as a
traditional community resource.
"This is a great International Women's Day story" wrote Linda
Bullard, sending us this happy news.
Former Belgian health minister and Minister of State Magda Aelvoet,
President of the Green Group in the European Parliament when the
original submission to the EPO to cancel the patent was made on
14 June 1995: "Our victory against biopiracy is threefold. First,
it is a victory for traditional knowledge and practices. This
is the first time anybody has been able to have a patent rejected
on these grounds. Second, it is a victory for solidarity; with
the people of developing countries – who have definitively earned
the sovereign rights to their natural resources, and with our
colleagues in the NGOs who fought with us against this patent
for the last ten years. And third, coming as it does on International
Women's Day, this is also a victory for women. The three people
who successfully argued this case against the might of the American
administration and its corporate allies, were women; Vandana Shiva,
Linda Bullard and myself."
"Denying the patent means upholding the value of 'traditional'
for millions of [people] not only in India but throughout the
South. The free tree will stay free," said RFSTE director, Dr
Vandana Shiva. -- from a BBC
See a review of Vandana's
book "Biopiracy" on our site
Thanks and congratulations from us to Vandana Shiva, Magda
Aelvoet, and Linda, a much-valued 'founding' WLOE Advisor and