Biological diversity sustains rural/indigenous communities and acts as a limitless reservoir for new food sources, medicines, and other biogenetic products
Our understanding of the genetic code has opened up a pandora's box of biotechnology. Biodiversity and its genetic information is a limitless reservoir of potential commercial products.
The traditional knowledge of indigenous people includes a deep understanding of ecological processes and sustainable resource management. This knowledge can provide solutions to global issues such as species extinction and habitat loss.Read More About This Topic
The discovery of the genetic code in the 1960s, along with the breakthrough in Recombinant DNA technology in the 1980s, set the stage for the patenting of gene sequences within life forms.