Resisting Monoculture, Rebuilding Community
Giant transnational corporations are taking control of agriculture. To increase profits, uniformity is imposed. Diversity is replaced by monoculture. The transnational corporations push genetically engineered crops as the wave of the future. These crops are ecologically unstable and require huge inputs of chemicals and pesticides, thus posing health risks to consumers. The spread of monoculture and the destruction of diversity constitute a serious threat to the sustainability of the planet.
Recorded at the New College.
Helena Norberg-Hodge, a native of Sweden, is an internationally renowned environmentalist. She is a leading critic of conventional notions of growth and development. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize. She is founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture and author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh.