Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

One of the issues that perturb me is how technological determinism and scientific reductionism is so pervasive, and appealing to so many. The idea that if we can use technology in a certain waywe should, and that science is the solution to all of humankind’s problems is the stance that capitalism seems to propose.

This is particularly so today in the field of corporatized biotechnology industry, with corporate agro-giants such as Dow Chemical and Monsanto (both manufacturers of Agent Orange in the 60s), with their spawn of businesses. The idea that genetically modified seeds are more pest-resistant, safe and sustainable than organic products is a hype that is sold to farmers in what some people have deemed highly exploitative.

Yet,  despite past and pending lawsuits, these firms operate fairly openly in the developing world.  Monsanto is present in countries such as India, Vietnam and Indonesia offering their biotech seeds largely to poor illiterate farmers who have little knowledge of what they are buying into.

I present to you a compelling interview with the Indian political activist Dr Vandana Shiva which  I found on Youtube – I did not create it nor do not own any copyright on it – that exposes the myth of genetically modified products.

An excerpt from the interview:

“I see tremendous hope, first of all I see hope in the seed, for me seed is my teacher, there is a wonderful poem that captured it in Palestine, it said “you can drop bombs on my villages, you can destroy all my books, you can rob us of our culture, and you can create a landscape where no bird no insect, nothing can hide. But I do not despair ever, I have hope because I saved one seed that I will plant and grow again.” That power of the seed is the beginning of hope but the seed is not just the biological material. The seed is a metaphor for everything that grows, the seed of an idea, the seed of liberation, the seed of freedom, the seed of democracy… for us seeds have become all of this.”

– Vandana Shiva