Seeds & Freedom + The Illusion of Growth 2-Pack
What’s in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered in the wild. It was a revolutionary development and made civilization possible. Since then humans have been able to grow food and feed themselves. Today, that freedom embodied in seeds is threatened. Multinational corporations, like Monsanto, have radically changed the agricultural landscape. The imposition of intellectual property rights and patenting have been ways corporations have devised to put a price tag on seeds and to undo what has been for millennia a shared heritage. Around the world there is backlash and resistance to the corporate hijacking of seeds. In many instances it is indigenous peoples who are leading the way in promoting sustainability and protecting the integrity of seeds.
In this interview with David Barsamian following her keynote speech at the 8th Annual Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference, Dr. Shiva questions the notion of growth and the idea of the world as a machine.
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Seeds & Freedom
What’s in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered...
Animal Industrial Complex
Many have heard of the military-industrial complex, maybe even the prison-industrial complex, but the animal industrial complex? Probably not. But you should. It’s huge. Meat consumption per capita in the...
Sugar: How Sweet It Isn't
Sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making some people very sick. There is growing evidence that sugar triggers chronic diseases...
The Cornification of Food
The elephant inside our food system and even beyond is corn. Its presence is pervasive and dominant. It is an integral part of industrialized agriculture and the industrialized food chain....
In Defense of Food
The Time magazine cover story, The Real Cost of Cheap Food, says, "Horror stories about the food industry have long been with us ever since 1906 when Upton Sinclair's landmark...
Stuffed & Starved
Stuffed and starved seems like such a paradox. There's so much food. How can there be hunger and obesity? In supposedly the world's wealthiest country, tens of millions of Americans...
Fast Food Nation
Here's the short answer to why fast food is so successful: it's quick, cheap and tasty. Plus, you never have to leave your car. But like the reeking dumpster behind...
Food for Thought Series
Gary Taubes - Sugar: How Sweet It Isn't Sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making some people very sick....
The Case for Vegetarianism
In August 1997, E. coli bacteria in hamburgers resulted in the largest meat recall in U.S. history. More than 25 million pounds of beef were pulled from the market. Major...
The U.S. government claims that the food supply in this country is the safest in the world, though antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food animals and chemical residues on produce might lead...
Food: Listen to Grandma
In response to the question, "How do you activate people who say, 'Well, you know, I’m not an expert on these issues. I don’t know what chemicals are involved. It’s...