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I fear that now a plant’s genome can be mapped and thus written down, this kind of story is becoming far too familiar.

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Just seen this on fb (and signed)... unbelievable!

Have signed and shared.

Signed and shared x

I read this and thought it must be fraud.  Surely they can’t be trying to do this?  Then I discovered this http://www.urban75.net/forums/threads/nestle-want-to-patent-fennel.309285/.  No hoax.  They are trying to patent nature.

I know what you mean - too bonkers to be believable, which is why, I suppose, it could be achievable. It’s a bit like (but not the same as) Iraqi farmers not being allowed to save their own seed since the ‘liberation’ 10 years ago. Practices followed for millennia being placed under control for whose benefit?
I love that link Akaekb - such robust language, couldn’t have put it better myself wink !

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I’m confused. Patents pending are well logged and documented, and should be easily available to find on the net. And yet….I can’t find a single credible source for this. Lots of blog posts and facebook groups leading back to websites like David Icke (him of the lizard people) and “planet hoax”, who ate also claiming the Boston bombing was a hoax…. But nothing credible. No legal website with a documented legal citation that this patent pending is in place. It *should* be easy to find - if it’s true…. Maybe it’s just because I’m on my iPod - could someone on a computer find it?

Angie

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Is this what you were looking for?

really handy link, thank you Sustainablemum x I know it can be difficult to know what to believe sometimes, but I think that it’s important not to let cynicism become debilitating

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Perfect! That’s exacty what I was looking for - the actual patent pending rather than the hyperbole surrounding it. It appears that they want to patent the *use* of the active ingredient in this plant as a treatment for food allergies rather than trying to patent the plant itself - a bit like patenting apsrin rather than willow bark. As much as I dislike Nestle, surely that’s fair enough, if they have done the research and either made that discovery or paid to have folk remedies properly tested…?

Angie

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Angiegw - 22 April 2013 09:09 PM

Perfect! That’s exacty what I was looking for - the actual patent pending rather than the hyperbole surrounding it. It appears that they want to patent the *use* of the active ingredient in this plant as a treatment for food allergies rather than trying to patent the plant itself - a bit like patenting apsrin rather than willow bark. As much as I dislike Nestle, surely that’s fair enough, if they have done the research and either made that discovery or paid to have folk remedies properly tested…?

Angie

I think that some of the issues with this is that they are trying the patent the uses which they are claiming that they discovered themselves ignoring the fact that they have been used for centuries in the same manner.  What may happen after they have patented this is that no one else will be able to use these ingredients to do what Nestlé want to do even thought they may have been doing so for years already.

But nobody is going to be able to/want to stop individuals using the plant in folk remedies - just the preparation of the active ingredient in medicine or food. This isn’t trying to prevent ordinary people growing, eating or using this plant - it’s about a company who have, presumably, put a lot of money into researching it, trying to prevent other *companies* using the chemical they have derived from it. It’s exactly like aspirin. No-one has ever prevented anyone using willow bark as a folk medicine, but presumably in the beginning one company held the patent for the active ingredient which makes aspirin.

Angie

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I also read something horrifying as I was looking into this about Nestle trying to patent a chemical in breastmilk, saying that they invented the process used to make it into a cancer fighting substance and so they own part of breastmilk??

Cannot find the proper link to it now, just lots of facebook pages and blogs as well.

Scary stuff!!!!

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