Nestlé is Trying to Patent the Fennel Flower

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Nestle wants to patent the healing powers of the fennel flower despite the fact that it has been used in this way for generations in India

Nestlé Pushes for Patent

Nestlé is claiming it ‘discovered’ a natural cure that has been known and used for millennia–nigella sativa extract. Commonly known as the fennel flower, this plant has been used as a cure-all remedy for over a thousand years. Nestlé is now claiming that they own it, and is filing patents around the world to try to take control over this natural cure and turn it into a costly drug that they can profit from. Studies on the flower’s curative powers have been published in developing countries prior to Nestlé’s outlandish claim that it was their own discovery.  In 2011, Neslté tried to claim credit for using cow’s milk as a laxative, despite this information appearing in Indian medical texts for thousands of years. Fortunately that patent claim was denied. Help fight this latest attempt by a corporation to claim ownership over the natural gifts of the earth.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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