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.