Brazil fights to save biodiversity

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:75
  1. J Rocha

    Brazilian scientists are worried about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the smuggling out of plants by foreign researchers.

    At the “earth summit” in Rio de Janeiro last year Brazil's former environment secretary, Jose Lutzenberger, warned, “The pharmaceutical companies have hundreds of researchers combing forests throughout the world, talking to Indians to discover plants with medicinal qualities, and sending back botanical material. Then we shall have to pay royalties to use the medicines developed from them.”

    At the …

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