Again, booh – Nestle patent on nature – Fennel seed

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When will it end? When will the desire for Nestle to take over everything we consume stop? They break WHO code on breastmilk substitutes (aka formula), they say that water is food and thus they can go around laws that say that in Oregon water belong to all people and instead should be privatized, and so much more. But now, they want to patent nature! Nestlé is now trying to say they invented the use of the fennel flower for food allergies, and is trying take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower in order to turn it into a costly private drug.

Nestle knows that this piece of nature, fennel, is something used for digestive purposes in India, Pakistan and the Middle East for … a long-assed time. Now they want to make money off of it.

Fennel Herb photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.

Fennel Herb photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.

From 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 Middle East and Asia.

But now Nestlé is claiming to own it, and trying take control over the natural cure of the fennel flower in order to turn it into a costly private drug. Please join me in telling Nestlé to stop trying to patent this natural cure.http://action.sumofus.org/a/nestle-nigella-sativa/?sub=taf

 

This is actually quite sad. I’m living in a country (India) where most people eat fennel after most meals. It is in cooking for the same uses that Nestle is claiming to have invented.

Don’t let Nestle Patent Fennel.

Patent, according to Meriam-Webster Online obviously has a few uses, but this one is what Nestle apparently thinks is best fitting:

 protected by a trademark or a brand name so as to establish proprietary rights analogous to those conveyed by letters patent or a patent :proprietary

According to Nestle, they’re not doing “that” but lookie here on their own website:

Nestlé is not trying to patent the fennel flower.

We made patent applications for a compound that can be extracted from Nigella sativa (also known as fennel flower, black seed and black cumin) or from other plants, to help treat or prevent food allergies.

The patent, which has not yet been approved, would not prevent the use of the fennel flower plant for any other purposes, including in traditional and natural remedies.

Do you believe for a minute that Nestle won’t try to extend a patent to use this for “extension” remedies? Right now their patent is pending. With action we can get them to back down. Do you think that people who sell fennel as a digestive aid will be able to do so without FDA approval in the US? I mean they can’t make claims as it is – once Nestle indicates it helps with food allergies, that’s sorta part of digestion right? It doesn’t take much to see how Nestle will take the next step. I mean, they are one of the most boycotted companies in the world. There is a reason after all.

More information on how they’ve used natural cures as their own here.

Nestle isn’t first in figuring this out. Here’s a nice list of experiments done and research completed in this peer-reviewed article. Thymoquinone is what Nestle is extracting from fennel for food allergy treatment.

Mohamed, A., Shoker, A., Bendjelloul, F., Mare, A., Alzrigh, M.,
Benghuzzi, H., Desin, T., 2003. Improvement of experimental allergic
encephalomyelitis (EAE) by thymoquinone; an oxidative stress
inhibitor. Biomedical Science and Instrumentation 39, 921–924.

Nestle free zone

 

M. El Gazzar, R. El Mezayen, M. R. Nicolls, J. C. Marecki, and S. C. Dreskin, “Downregulation of leukotriene biosynthesis by thymoquinone attenuates airway inflammation in a mouse model of allergic asthma,” Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, vol. 1760, no. 7, pp. 1088–1095, 2006.

And, even if Nestle “discovered” this natural cure, should they be able to patent nature’s cure?

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About the Author:

Attached Moms main writer, Amanda, is a full-time mom transitioning from her full-time work life. She's mom to V who just turned 6, and 4 year old R. With an inter-cultural relationship, she's attempting to navigate parenting, using her heart, not just her 'book' knowledge. She's earned a BS in Social Sciences, BA in technical communications and has three master's degrees: business, education and psychology. From Michigan originally, she currently resides in the Mumbai, India vicinity.

4 Comments on "Again, booh – Nestle patent on nature – Fennel seed"

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  1. Ugh, Nestle is making me mad! How can they do this??

  2. Markell @ A Mouse In My Kitchen says:

    This seems a little ridiculous. I was wondering about the nestle formula the other day. Does anyone even buy that stuff?

  3. Melinda Dunne says:

    Wow! I had no idea…I guess I should start paying more attention to these big companies.

  4. Vonnie says:

    WOW! Thanks for sharing about this. This has to stop before it gets worse!

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