Biopiracy is the theft or robbery of biological or genetic resources indigenous to a country. The biological resources have many uses in industry, agriculture, health care. Therefore big multinational companies are after them. Biopiracy involves collection of samples of biological resources, which can be done unnoticed. The biological material is then subjected to product development for use on a commercial scAale.
Resources include soil microorganisms, plants and animals genetic materials. These resources are used in research and making new products.
Biopiracy is widespread in Asia, Africa and Latin America where most diverse ecosystem and biological siveesity is found.