Granny Women and Bio-Piracy

Copyright Jill Henderson

Jill Henderson ~ Show Me Oz

Granny Women were once herbal doctors whose knowledge almost became extinct thanks to big pharma. Today, it is again threatened by restrictive patents from big ag and big pharma genetic bio-pirates looking for the next billion-dollar drug or plant gene that they can patent for billions of dollars in profits – taking away the public’s right to gather, use, and save seed from all native and naturalized plant life on earth. This week, we revisit the Show Me Oz archives to learn about the roles that Granny Women (and Medicine Men) have played throughout the history of mankind and why the knowledge they passed down to us is once again being threatened with extinction. Continue reading…

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