1593Re: [pfaf] Re: Hoodia seeds
- Mar 11, 2007This plant is native to the Kalahari Desert in S Africa. The Kalahari
Bushmen have used it for 100,000 years to suppress their appetites while on
hunting trips in that vast and unforgiving countryside.
You could try specialist botanical collections such as Kew Gardens, London,
or some of the co-operatives in Namibia and South Africa who are growing
Hoodia Gordoni commercially for weight-loss.
After a legal battle the Bushmen finally won the international legal right
to develop the product of this plant, as it was in fact their ancestral
knowledge which was the basis for modern commercial interest, so they not
only identified the plant, but they also knew what part of the plant to use
and what to do with it.
This followed about 30 years¹ wait while a big pharmaceutical company tried
to synthesise the active ingredient but failed to do it, so the licence for
development was effectively returned¹. The SA government was going to
just let anyone grow the stuff but a sharp civil rights lawyer fought for
the rights of the Kalarhari Bushmen to be recognised, which is the present
The various websites which explain this interesting story also say that
though other countries (India, China, some in South America) are trying to
emulate the Bushmen¹s horticultural projects, the product is not the same,
and they make the comparison with oranges which taste completely different
when grown in different places. Presumably the efficacy of the plant also
varies depending on where it is grown.
With so much obesity in the so-called developed world, this is obviously a
very valuable plant.
> Have or know any about who sell Hoodia gordoni seeds. Thanks[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> OCTAVIO TORRES, Colombia
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