10.16.2007

Coca-cola gets into Chinese herbs

"This collaboration will ultimately help us bring the insights and benefits of traditional Chinese medicine to consumers all over the world."

Thus spoke Coke, in reference to its collaboration with the China Academy of Chinese Medial Sciences. The company hopes to develop a line of drinks featuring Chinese herbs, and probably a whole range of health benefits. And corn syrup.
Does this mark a return, full-circle, to Coke's roots as a tonic herbal beverage? Or perhaps a new positioning scheme to be well-placed for production and distribution of herbal products once the FDA regs kick in? The prospects could be scary, especially if the multinational company (or companies) can claim patent rights for beverage "formulas".
Another successful step in the long road of corporate cultural appropriation.

3 comments:

Shamana Flora said...

Acks! Runs and hides in Alaska. Gets scarier by the day doesn't it. It's got me really wondering about how clinical herbalism is going to fit into the future. We'll all be herbwives soon enough. Bringing people into our homes and kitchens and gardens....
yes indeed. Thanks for a great blog!!

guido said...

How do we get the rest of the healthcare world with us instead of against us?? Garden herbalism should be an accepted part of the modern system. But perhaps it never will be...

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