Chinese demand for the Andean crop is getting cash flowing to farmers, but suspicions of biopiracy are leading to calls to protect Peru’s natural resources. The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this [...]
By Hillary Ojeda Rising demands of maca abroad have brought issues of biopiracy with it. The Peruvian National Commission Against Biopiracy is reviewing a patent for maca, after an application emerged from Poland. The last few years have seen an astronomical increase in shipments of native Peruvian maca root abroad, and as well multiple cases [...]
By Dan Collyns (@CCTV_dancollyns) Sales of a Peruvian root called “maca” have boomed due to an unprecedented Chinese demand. The root is said to boost fertility, increase energy, and even have an aphrodisiac effect. Despite the growth in sales, some worry that demand is leading to smuggling. CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reported the story from Junin, Peru. [...]
By WILLIAM NEUMAN JUNÍN, Peru — Thieves recently broke into a storehouse in this farming town high in the Andes, knocked the manager over the head and made off with 2,600 pounds of contraband. Trucks have been surreptitiously crossing the border, laden with an illicit substance bound for China. And with the price of their [...]
By Stella Paul PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 22 2014 (IPS) - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal’s western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla’ – a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers. Once every six months, a group of traders from China arrive at Pun’s house and [...]
This powerful report originally aired on AmericaTV on 17 August 2014. This is the first version available with English subtitles. The video details how a group of Chinese nationals are illegally purchasing and exporting whole Maca roots from Peru and creating havoc in the global Maca market.
By Rachel Chase Peru’s efforts to preserve valuable biodiversity have been so successful they’re now advising other countries on the issue. Andrés Valladolid of Peru’s National Biopiracy Commission, told press that “We have a law that establishes a regimen of protection for the collective knowledge held by indigenous peoples in relation to biological resources. This [...]