PANUPS: Resource Pointer #122

                         P A N U P S
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Resource Pointer #122

April 10, 1997

For copies of the following resources, please contact the 
appropriate publishers or organizations directly.


*Of Seeds and Shamans: The Appropriation of the 
Scientific and Technical Knowledge of Indigenous and 
Local Communities, 1996.* Naomi Roht-Arriaza. Reviews 
significant cases in which corporations, Northern 
universities and multilateral agencies have taken 
traditional knowledge and used it for profit without 
compensating the governments or peoples from whom it was 
taken. Analyzes mechanisms by which traditional knowledge 
is appropriated and discusses potential ways to restrict 
appropriation -- for example, by expanding intellectual 
property rights or implementing private "bioprospector" 
contracts. 45 pp. Printed in Michigan Journal of 
International Law, Vol. 17, No. 4, Summer 1996. For cost 
and ordering information, contact Maureen Bishop, 
Michigan Journal of International Law, University of 
Michigan, Hutchins Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; phone (313) 
763-6100; maureena@umich.edu. 

*Biotechnology: Building on Farmers' Knowledge, 1996.* J. 
Bunders, B. Haverkort and W. Hiemstra, eds. Investigates 
traditional technologies farmers use to improve crop and 
livestock production and food preservation, and compares 
these technologies with modern genetic engineering in 
terms of usefulness to small farmers and impacts on 
health and environment. Provides case studies of several 
traditional "biotechnologies" used by farmers, including 
sorghum fermentation for food preservation, traditional 
veterinary practices and biopesticides. Stresses that 
genetic engineering technologies are not well suited for 
small farmers' needs. 240 pp. UK$8. Macmillan Education 
Ltd., Houndmills, Basingstoke RG21 6XS, England; phone 
(441 256) 329-242; fax (441 256) 814-642; email 

*Biodiversidad: Sustento y Cultura, October 1996.* 
(Spanish). Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) 
and Red de Ecologia Social Amigos de la Tierra Uruguay 
(REDES-AT). Trimesterly periodical focuses on political 
and scientific aspects of agricultural biodiversity and 
biotechnology, especially in developing countries. 
October 1996 issue includes articles about loss of plant 
biodiversity, farmer-centered strategies for conserving 
biodiversity and farmer and community rights over 
traditional knowledge. GRAIN, Girona 25, pral. E-08010, 
Barcelona, Spain; phone (34-3) 301-13-81; fax (34-3) 301-
16-27; email grain@gn.apc.org. REDES-AT, Avda. Millan 
4113, 12900 Montevideo, Uruguay; phone (598-2) 35 62 65; 
fax (598-2) 38 16 40; email redesur@chasque.apc.org.

*El Control Biologico en America Latina, 1996.* (Spanish 
with some English portions). Miguel Zapater, ed. Presents 
compilation of papers on the current situation and 
historic development of biological control in Latin 
America. Discusses advances in pest, weed and vector 
control in many Latin American countries, and describes 
national policies and programs related to biological 
control. 142 pp. Miguel Zapater, Facultad de Agronomia, 
Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1417 Buenos Aires, 
Argentina; phone (54-1) 524-8067; fax (54-1) 522-8295. 

*The Directory of Environmental Websites on the Internet, 
1997.* U.S. Environmental Directories, Inc. Lists 
environmental websites and cross-indexes them by subject. 
Provides one-sentence descriptions of the websites' 
sponsoring organizations, but does not include 
information about website content. Includes URLs for 
several groups that work on pesticide reform/sustainable 
agriculture issues, including PANNA, National Coalition 
Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), Citizen's 
Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes, Union of Concerned 
Scientists and others. 18 pp. US$10.75. U.S. 
Environmental Directories, P.O. Box 65156, St. Paul, MN 
55165; phone (612) 331-6050.

We encourage those interested in having resources listed 
in the Online Resource Pointer to send review copies of 
publications, videos or other sources to our office 
(address listed below) or to contact Information Program 
Associate Adam Kirshner for further information.  

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