[permaculture] Brake Fern (pteris vittata) removes arsenic from soil

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflondon at mindspring.com
Fri Feb 22 04:39:41 EST 2002


John Schinnerer wrote:
> 
> Aloha,
> 
> Aye, and here's the rub:
> 
> "For now, he has exclusive rights to grow the fern, thanks to a
> Washington lawyer who patented the fern after learning of the UF
> researchers' discovery."
> 
> I can't think of anything even vaguely civil to say about this
> patenting of plants crap...&*#%^&*!!@#%!.... :-p.

Agreed, but the article said the plant occured naturally in the wild;
therefore it cannot be patented.

"discovered that a lush green fern, common to Florida, thrives on
arsenic"

I repeat: it cannot be patented; just as well try to patent pin oak.

"He sells nationwide, but the soil-cleaning brake fern could really put
his nursery on
the map. For now, he has exclusive rights to grow the fern, thanks to a
Washington
lawyer who patented the fern after learning of the UF researchers'
discovery."

We know about "Washington lawyers".
Ridiculous. Grow it anyway, give it away or sell it. Defy the greedy
self-serving pigs.

LL 
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