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Nestle, stop patenting human milk components!

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Nestle (Nestec S.A.) has patents and patent applications at the US Patent & Trademark Office that makes claims on the use of human milk components to create new infant formulas, foods, food supplements, and pharmaceuticals. These patents and patent applications are destructive to the preservation and protection of breastfeeding. The commercialism of human milk component products reduces a natural, traditional, and free life-giving activity into a commodity that can be bought, sold, and profited by an industry. An industry that has made its profits on the destruction of breastfeeding. For centuries, breastfeeding has been a safety-net for babies against disease, hunger, and death. A breastfeeding mother need not depend on the whims of the market or the actions of huge companies whose purpose is profits. In 1955 Edward R, Murrow asked Jonas Salk, inventor of the vaccine against polio, "Who owns the patent on the vaccine?" Salk answered, "Well the people I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" How times have changed and now we have an industry that believes that they have the right to patent from a natural substance.

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  • Aayesha Bhattay
    Aayesha Bhattay United Kingdom, Leicester
    Oct 24, 2015
    Oct 24, 2015
    Nestle has a dreadful track record with its aggressive marketing of infant formula worldwide. They now plan to patent human milk components for commercial gain and continue undermining breastfeeding. They must be stopped.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct 24, 2015
    Oct 24, 2015
    Stop commercialising human milk,
  • Debora Ojeda Delozier
    Debora Ojeda Delozier United States, Vero Beach
    Aug 22, 2015
    Aug 22, 2015
    Do not mess with breastfeeding moms and her babies ! Change your plans and your heart.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 17, 2015
    Jun 17, 2015
    STOP NESTLE AROUND THE WORLD!!!
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