Nestlé At It Again!
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You may remember me from such threads as "Nestle Privatizing Water", now
they're trying to "patent" a naturally growing flower;
Nestlé is Trying to Patent the Fennel Flower
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
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.