Saturday, February 1, 2014

Free Fire Cider

I don't know how many of you remember, in 2010 the Dervaes Institute (Dervaes Family) registered "urban homesteading" and "urban homestead," and similar phrases as trademarks. They sent "cease and desist" letters out to bloggers, authors, and had several facebook pages removed. I recall the Denver Urban Homesteading being hit pretty hard. The urban homesteading terms trace back long before the Dervaes Institute. From what I understand they are still fighting in court. (Urban homesteading Wiki)

The same thing is happening now to "fire cider". There is a petition to hopefully keep "fire cider" free for everyone. Here is it:

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Shire City Herbals

Fire Cider is a term that has been used by herbalists since the 1970's. This term was originally introduced by Rosemary Gladstar in her copyrighted and published books, blogs and you tube videos. This term is actually Rosemary's intellectual property. Since the introduction, Rosemary has freely shared her recipe with tens of thousands of herbalists. This recipe is sold, reproduced, modified and shared freely. This name has become a household name for a blend of herbs historically used to prevent and support the body during times of colds and flu. Trademarking this term is like trademarking the word pizza! The company trademarking the term is not the only maker of this recipe, did not come up with the name fire cider, and will never be the only one selling it. This is a cultural, historical term that should not be trademarked. Thanks for your time. 
[Your name]<--- then you click here and sign the petition.

Confession time: I had never heard of Fire Cider before the beginning of the week. But I remember being so angry at the urban homesteading trademark One of my close college friends has been posting on facebook about this. I was raised on a prescription bottle house (to each their own) and haven't had a lot of practice with natural remedies beyond what comes in an herbal supplement bottle. So I am glad there is such a storm over the fire cider, not that it is being trademarked (no no that's awful) but that I got to hear about it and am going to try it. I love all the ingredients. I grow most of them myself and I hope you sign the petition and make some of this stuff yourself.

World Fire Cider making day is February 2nd:

Thank you and enjoy your fire cider making... I'll be making my first batch tomorrow.

All these pictures are from the Free Fire Cider facebook page.

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