Patent Like Claims on Native Potatoes spark protest by Peru's Indigenous Farmers, Sept 2013 Communique
Peruvian indigenous farmers have been angered by a government research
agency that has claimed it owns intellectual property (IP) rights over
more than fifty traditional varieties of potatoes bred in the Peruvian Andes.
The potatoes were bred not by government researchers but by indigenous farmers, who consider the claims to be an affront to their culture,knowledge and resources. In letters to the government, meetings, and a protest in the city of Cusco, the
farmers have insisted that the claims be dropped entirely.