Monocultures of the Mind
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.
Interview by David Barsamian.
Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She’s a physicist, scholar and social activist. She is a founder of Navdanya and Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She is the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books including Water Wars, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil, and Oneness vs the 1%. Her latest book is Terra Viva.