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Peru’s maca boom could fall flat if China starts growing its own

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 | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 February 9th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Maca patent requests emerging in Poland, China

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 | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 January 15th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Peru’s maca farmers fear Chinese demand for ‘Andean Viagra’ will cause smuggling

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 | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 January 9th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles|0 Comments

Vegetable Spawns Larceny and Luxury in 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 | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 December 6th, 2014|Noticias, v_ingles|0 Comments

Peru is a world leader in protecting genetic resources

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:41:52-05:00 February 28th, 2014|n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments