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Nestlé: Stop Trying to Patent the Fennel Flower.


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Kathy
- 499 days ago - action.sumofus.org
Nigella sativa -- more commonly known as fennel flower -- has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the-->



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Kathy B. (98)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:39 pm
Nigella sativa -- more commonly known as fennel flower -- has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. It treats everything from vomiting to fevers to skin diseases, and has been widely available in impoverished communities across the Middle East and Asia.

But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and filing patent claims around the world to try and take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower and turn it into a costly private drug.

Tell Nestlé: Stop trying to patent a natural cure

In a paper published last year, Nestlé scientists claimed to “discover” what much of the world has known for millennia: that nigella sativa extract could be used for “nutritional interventions in humans with food allergy”.

But instead of creating an artificial substitute, or fighting to make sure the remedy was widely available, Nestlé is attempting to create a nigella sativa monopoly and gain the ability to sue anyone using it without Nestlé’s permission. Nestlé has filed patent applications -- which are currently pending -- around the world.

Prior to Nestlé's outlandish patent claim, researchers in developing nations such as Egypt and Pakistan had already published studies on the same curative powers Nestlé is claiming as its own. And Nestlé has done this before -- in 2011, it tried to claim credit for using cow’s milk as a laxative, despite the fact that such knowledge had been in Indian medical texts for a thousand years.

Don’t let Nestlé turn a traditional cure into a corporate cash cow.

We know Nestlé doesn’t care about ethics. After all, this is the corporation that poisoned its milk with melamine, purchases cocoa from plantations that use child slave labor, and launched a breast milk substitute campaign in the 1970s that contributed to the suffering and deaths of thousands of babies from poor communities.

But we also know that Nestlé is sensitive to public outcry, and that it's been beaten at the patent game before. If we act fast, we can put enough pressure on Nestlé to get it to drop its patent plans before they harm anyone -- but if we want any chance at affecting Nestlé's decision, we have to speak out now!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:43 pm
Signing now Kathy
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:44 pm
Thank you for taking action! Now spread the word to friends and family.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:29 pm
Signing now cheers Kathy
 

JL A. (275)
Friday April 19, 2013, 10:06 pm
S&N
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:28 am
S+N
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:44 am
Signed to protect the needy from the greedy.
 

Julie P. (148)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:00 am
I'm glad to see this is front page news. The intent of patents is to protect inventions. They did not invent this plant and therefore there should be no patent on this or any other naturally occurring living entity.
 

Mike M. (53)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:21 am
N&S&FB
 

Mike S. (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:15 am
Sorry, but this story is crap. "We know Nestlé doesn’t care about ethics. After all, this is the corporation that poisoned its milk with melamine..." Huh?

I work for Nestle, and am proud of Nestle. Nestle is a company of about 300,000 people, the vast majority of which are honest, ethical, and very much trying to do the right thing. Your story is misleading at best. When you publish something like this, you lose credibility, and you take the focus off of true world problems.
 

Kathy B. (98)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:43 am
Mike, you fail to convince anyone of how Nestle is such a fine upstanding company by failing to site one example of how they are trying to do the right thing.

And patenting seeds is indeed a problem of the true 'world problems'.
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:33 am
Thank you for taking action! Now spread the word to friends and family.

Thanks Kathy
 

Dana B. (133)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:39 pm
Signed, thank you
 

Vicky P. (463)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:24 pm
Noted and signed
 
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