Dave at The Glittering Eye has come through with a plain English explanation of how it came to be that Western companies are taking out patents on stuff such as chapati wheat and getting the Developing World riled at the USA in the process. Click on the link to bring up his report titled The sound of coins. The coin story alone makes the essay worth the read.
As promised, for his efforts Dave will receive the recipe for Pundita's Very Own Brand Demon Repellent, for use only while visiting Trotskyite websites (or, if the emergency need arises, for use as an improvised Molotov cocktail). OR Dave may elect to have lunch with Pundita at Taco Bell the next time he visits the Greater Washington, DC region.