- jeanne ringe
- Malibu, CA
- United States
If nature can help remediate damage humans have done to the environment, and help heal us, why aren't more of these solutions patentable?
Paul Stamets says we should consider using mushrooms, which overaccumulate radiation, to clean up after the nuclear accident(s) in Japan. Natural health products include many herbs and plants that have been used for thousands of years around the world.
The only limitation on spreading these ideas is the fact that there's no money in them if they can't be patented. No one can afford to do the research.
How can the TED community help spread these ideas and build political pressure to re-examine patent policy without going too far: allowing the government to patent, for example, substances like human blood?