Nestlé are bad! Save Nigella!
We've got nothing but love for Nestle, that is if a simmering contempt at their iffy ethics and semi-illegal ways counts as “love” [Kit Kats are good though - Ed]. Why, those adorable shit-heels are now claiming to own a flower. That’s correct, THEY’RE TRYING TO EFFING TRADEMARK A FLOWER!
Yes, the company that once launched a breast milk substitute campaign that contributed to the suffering and deaths of thousands of babies from poor communities, and whose charming Chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, believes that “access to water is not a public right.”, are now claiming to own the Nigella Sativa aka fennel flower, which has been in use as a natural cure-all for thousands of years.
They even filed patents around the world to try and control it, with hopes of turning it into a private drug.
Nestle’s scientists claimed last year they discovered – something people have known since TIME BEGAN – that the plant extract could be used for ‘nutritional interventions in humans with food allergy’. Rather than actually use this knowledge to create a substitute, they've opted for the ‘being a complete dick’ route of attempting to own the flower, and suing anyone who uses it without their permission.
If you’re thinking WTF and want to try and stop this insanity, there’s a petition over at action/nestle-nigella-sativa/
Good grief, whatever next?