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Tropical Islands of the South Pacific Ripped Off

  • thousands of years local societies in the South Pacific tropical islands have lived a simplistic way of life Ugg Boots UK with little, or no thought of the {{necessity} of a cash {{economy}.

    Yet, these ancient indigenous societies are in danger of losing their tropical island paradise. They are not protected by Intellectual Property Rights, in the ever growing hard-fisted world of commercialism. Schooling is urgently needed, if what is communally owned , is not to be {{stolen} away, piece by piece, in {{daylight theft}.

    The very simplistic way of life of these people has preserved unique pockets of areas, untouched by modern civilization, that offer a unmatched experience for the tourist and a pleasure to the scientist.

    An ambitious research program in the picturesque tropical islands of French Polynesia is building a library of genetic markers, which will be used as a resource for ecologists and evolutionary biologists around the world . This is a joint venture shared among the University of California and a French research institute.

    When such projects translate to profit, Ugg Boots Outlet usually very little finds its way down to the islanders, whose home is being violated . One only has Ugg Boots to look at the largest diamond fields of the world, with their nieghbouring shanty towns, to confirm this.

    Co-editor of the book, ‘Pacific Genes and Life Patents’, talks of a high publicized situation where medical anthropologist, Carol Jenkins, allegedly stole leukemia curing genes from the Hagahai {{people} in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The United States, through it’s National Health Institute, patented the DNA cells, stamping ownership, without permission, upon something that belonged to a group of citizens and their unborn generations, with little recompense to the local citizens.

    Neither the individuals, their communities, nor their government were informed of the project . When the Hagahai people objected, the US government said their claims were unimportant.

    The question , which is as old as Ugg Boots UK Sale 2013 trade itself, is who should gain from the benefits of such projects? The company who found and researched the product, or the original owners of the source of the raw material?

    History proves that such projects have not shown any kindness | humanity to Pacific islanders.

    Mead states the indigenous people of the Pacific nations don’t own anything, according to their traditional ways. Everything is the property of every body in the group. This is a strange concept for those who live in developed nations. "For people, who culturally own nothing, to begin to claim Intellectual Property Rights, is to deny what is owned by every body. “They don’t own their bodies, their mind, the words they speak, the myths and traditions they pass from generation to generation, the music they sing, or the dances they dance. These all form part of their legacy, just as gifts and creativity are part of the next generation’s legacy."

    An uncle has a right to any funds owed to a nephew. If you loan a shirt to a local person, chances are it won’t be returned. Not because they are stealing the shirt, but because of their unsophisticated inherent belief that wealth is defined by what they can give away. Their ability to play host, to be generous and what they can give to others is the calculation of their riches.

    The idea of gathering wealth is strange to these people . When the price of local grown commodities rise, due to increasing food prices worldwide , the local people produce less. Once a villager has earned enough funds to pay the school fees, buy clothing and a few staples, there is no need to sell any more of their harvest. When they are able to earn the same amount of funds for less effort, why do anything more? They have no lasting dependence on a cash economy, though they do enjoy the limited benefits it gives them.

    In the rural areas in particular, the majo