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Archived updates for Monday, January 24, 2005

Peruvian Potato Know-How Not Patentable

Peruvian Purple Potato and "Potatisplockning" by Carl Larsson

According to the January 21, 2005 issue of Bridges TradeBioRes, six indigenous communities from Peru reached "a ground breaking agreement" with the Lima-based International Potato Center over the native potato strains and associated traditional knowledge. The agreement requires signatories to ensure that the genetic resources and knowledge remain in the custody of the communities and "not become subject to intellectual property rights" in any form. "These indigenous people are against patents," said Alejandro Argumedo from the Association for Nature and Sustainable Development which helped to broker the deal. "Patents represent a model of property that does not fit into their worldview."

IPC scientists and local farmers will also work to "repatriate" potato varieties from the Center's collection of specimens, and conserve them in a "potato park" that produces about 700 varieties of potato. "Potatoes are important for us as food but also as a cultural symbol,� Argumedo also said. �We have co-evolved with potatoes. Peru gave the potato to the world, they are so important in marriage and religious ceremonies. They mean so much in Andean culture and iconography that goes back thousands of years." In fact, some see a niche market for history's most important vegetable as Peru's best path out of poverty.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

put a straw through your potato at

January 21, 2005 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you some kind of potato head?

January 21, 2005 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now these guys are potato-heads:

January 21, 2005 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But can they potato werstle?

January 21, 2005 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just not kosher.

January 21, 2005 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and this is?

January 21, 2005 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, well dig this!

January 21, 2005 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least I'm no couch potato

January 21, 2005 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Protect yourself against potato warts!

January 21, 2005 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch potato magic in action

January 21, 2005 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Washington Potato Commission Chairman arrested for assault and battery

Toppenish, WA - Robert Halvorson Jr., who was recently appointed to be the new Chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission (, was recently arrested for assault and battery as result of a dispute at his farm with a relative.

During the dispute, Mr. Halvorson struck the relative (victim) several times and caused multiple injuries to the victim.

Following the assault by Mr. Halvorson, the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for various internal injuries and several broken bones. The victim remains in critical-to-serious condition.

Mr. Halvorson was released on bail pending an arraignment hearing.


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