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The Indigenous Coalition Against Biopiracy in the Andes - letter to Syngenta
Letter to Mr. Michael Pragnell, CEO, Syngenta cocnerning Syngenta's patent on technology to prohibit sprouting of vegetative storage organs (potatoes). We, the Indigenous Coalition Against Biopiracy in the Andes, are writing on behalf of Quechua and Aymara peoples of the Peruvian Andes regarding Syngenta's patent on a Terminator-type technology for potatoes. The Indigenous Coalition Against Biopiracy in the Andes is an alliance of representatives from indigenous communities in Peru. On the 18th of March members of the Indigenous Coalition Against Biopiracy in the Southern Andes met near Pisac, Peru, to discuss Syngenta's patent on a method to control sprouting in vegetative storage organs like potato. The participants to this meeting expressed unanimous concern about the potential cultural and socioeconomic impacts on indigenous communities in the Andes of US patent number 6,700,039, entitled "Genetic method for controlling sprouting," which was granted to Syngenta in March 2004.