[Ip-health] Fighting famine with peanut paste freed from patent protection
jdr at ramoslink.info
Fri Sep 2 12:32:16 PDT 2011
From Tom Paulson's Humanosphere blog today , 2 September:
> It's called *Plumpy'nut*, a nutritionally fortified peanut-based food
> paste that's one of the primary weapons in the battle against
> starvation in the Horn of Africa.
> And it well may be in wider use in the famine in East Africa because
> of some folks who months earlier filed a lawsuit challenging a patent
> on Plumpy'nut....
> What gets little mention in most of these stories is that Plumpy'nut
> was invented and patented by a French company, Nutriset, many years
> ago. And when these other companies, like the one profiled by NBC,
> wanted to get in on the action of producing this humanitarian
> foodstuff a patent protection legal battle ensued.
> Here's a BBC story on the legal battle
> <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8610427.stm> last year and another
> one by the UN's news service IRIN describing the pressure on Nutriset
> <http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=87712> to allow others
> to produce Plumpy'nut.
> Nutriset eventually bowed to pressure and has allowed other
> organizations to produce Plumpy'nut under a Patents Usage Agreement.
Joana Ramos, MSW
Independent Health Policy Consultant
Portuguese Medical Interpreter
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