“When it comes to collecting the seed for collecting royalties, the GMO companies say, ‘it’s mine’. But when it comes to contamination, cross-pollination, health problems, the response is, ‘we’re not liable.'” ~ Vandana Shiva
Can Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta have it both ways? In a true democracy, that wouldn’t be possible. If you make all the money from your ‘product,’ you also have to take responsibility for when your product causes death and destruction. Dr. Vandana Shiva has made this and other extremely salient points regarding the biotech way of business for years. She’s been called an ‘eco-goddess’ and an anti-GMO celebrity.
You can bet the biotech companies try to vilify her. She is very outspoken on what they do for a living – namely patent seeds that require huge amounts of agrochemicals to be grown, bankrupt farmers, and as the republished Seralini study clearly shows, causes cancerous tumors.
Shiva is an author, a speaker, a scientist, an environmental activist, and is tireless in her efforts to go against biotech. She also speaks out against geo-engineering, and leaves almost no big environmental issue untouched. She campaigns the world for heirloom seeds, organic farming, and local food systems instead of the chemical -and oil-intensive large scale industrial farms that destroy the environment and wreck local economies.
She also champions public interest where Monsanto and other big corporations ignore it. She has also fought against the privatization of water, going against Coca-Cola, in her native India. You can see her speak about GMOs here. Even though her views are couched in her own native culture, she is an unstoppable force protecting the entire world’s food rights.
She calls GMOs a death knell for biodiversity. She points out that corporations have no interest in feeding the world, but simply want to collect ‘rents’ and ‘royalties.’
She spoke just months ago, right here in the US at Cultivate Kansas City, and she tours the world giving education and insight into heirloom agricultural practices.
“Her message of local ownership and self-sufficiency in the production and distribution of food offers a powerful case for the development of urban and local food systems that we’ve seen in Kansas City over the last ten years; her deep understanding of sustainability challenges us to keep reaching across sectors, disciplines, and communities as we grow our regional food system.”
If you want to get to know biotech, you’d benefit from looking at it through her eyes.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.