Seeds of Injustice – Biopiracy by Vananda Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva is an inspiring woman. On top of her training as a nuclear physicist, she is an ecologist, activist, editor and author of numerous books and a tireless defender of the environment. She founded Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights, she’s received the Sydney Peace Prize and written numerous books, her most recent are entitled, ‘Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge’ and ‘Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply’.

In the following short video Dr. Shiva explains the dangers of genetic modification and patenting of seeds.

One of her articles was published in the Asian Age on 14 September.

“There is an intense scramble for the earth’s resources and ownership of nature. Big oil, big pharma, big food, big seed companies are joining hands to appropriate biodiversity and biomass — the living carbon, thereby extending the age of fossil fuels and dead carbon. Corporations view the 75 per cent biomass used by nature and local communities as “wasted”. They would like to appropriate the living wealth of the planet for making biofuels, chemicals and plastics. This will dispossess the poor of the very sources of their lives and livelihoods.

The instruments for this new dispossession are technological tools of genetic engineering, synthetic biology and intellectual property rights (IPRs). A patent is supposed to be granted to an invention. But patents and IPRs are being used to own seeds, life forms and traditional knowledge. Piracy of traditional knowledge is not an invention; it is theft — we call it biopiracy. Patents are at the heart of Monsanto’s seed monopoly.” Read more here…

Visit the Navdanya website to find out more.

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