In reinventing hoodia laura foster explores how the plant was reinvented through patent ownership pharmaceutical research the self determination efforts of indigenous san peoples contractual benefit sharing commercial development as an herbal supplement and bioprospecting legislation. Introduction peoples plants and patents in south africa 1 colonial science and hoodia as a scientific object 2 san demands for benefits by knowing khoba as a plant from nature 3 south african scientists and the patenting of hoodia as a molecule 4 botanical drug discovery of hoodia from solid drug to liquid food 5. Reinventing hoodia peoples plants and patents in south africa native to the kalahari desert hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by generations of indigenous san peoples to have a variety of uses to reduce hunger increase energy and ease breastfeeding. Laura foster university of washington press 2017 233 pp reviewed by zahra hayat in laura fosters reinventing hoodia peoples plants and patents in south africa hoodia gordonii a succulent plant native to the kalahari desert serves as the nodal point for tracing the entanglements of social relations property regimes and nature in south africa. Reinventing hoodia peoples plants and patents in south africa laura a foster seattle university of washington press 2017 232 pp reinventing hoodia is a multidisciplinary study of a number of legal and scientific entanglements involving san peoples and the plant commonly known as hoodia
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