Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa

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David

Jul 12, 2018

An embarrassment to Africa

The author claims to be a 'Ghanaian American'. She is clearly profiting from her exploits and offers nothing back to the countries where from she gained her information. She is not from Africa. She grew up in Pennsylvania - a daughter of a Ghanaian and American. She comes from Academia with little experience living in Africa - unless you call posh learning vacations to the continent "living in Africa". Abena benefits from an impoverished continent, does not return the wealth in kind and degrades meaningful organizations operating on the ground in Africa. The irony of it all is that her book also centers around bio prosperity and equitable sharing of profits by the chemists and companies that benefit from the local knowledge of indigenous African plants. Shame on you.

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