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Monocultures of the Mind

Program #SHIV007. Recorded in Santa Fe, NM on June 30, 2001.

Over centuries, communities all over the world have developed knowledge and skills to derive livelihoods from the bounties of nature's diversity. Today, traditional agriculture is being undermined by external inputs and new rules of international trade. Globalization advocates render local knowledge invisible by declaring it non-existent or illegitimate. Monocultures of the mind generate models of production which destroy diversity and legitimize that destruction as progress.

Interviewed by David Barsamian.


Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She's a physicist, scholar, social activist and feminist. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Water Wars, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth. She is the editor of the book Seed Sovereignty, Food Security.

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