Yeah, Thousands of seed companies. though as this article is about dishonest shiva's accusations I was thinking larger. I hear of seed companies I was unaware of all the time. The suicide lie shivas spouts refers to India. Congress forced farmers? Farmers are agribusinesses. And your comment about free markets is crap. We don't have them.
For the major crops, thousands of seed companies in the US? That have how much market share? "Denial ain't just a river in Africa." Suicides are also a problem for farmers in the US, and have been for decades, given that Congress has forced farmers to subsidize agribusiness (below cost prices, given that free markets chronically fail for agriculture).
One company dominating? there are thousands of seed companies. Shiva supports shiva. She is a liar who is trying to hold farmers to using primitive methods. She spreads the g.e. caused suicides lie. She is evil. US subsides or lack of along with market prices aren't relevant to this argument.
The older "industrial' philosophy of science grounded in Newtonian mechanics is increasingly seen as out of date, all across the sciences, and beyond. It failed to account for important anomalies. Vandana Shiva represents a more advanced philosophy of science. Technobiology is a very narrowly focused enterprise, doing amazing science-like work on individual crops like corn. The problem is that, from the broader, (newer,) perspective of the science of ecology, (almost entirely omitted in the narrow focus,) that isn't science. We see that in the narrowness of the genetic variability, (to which Shiva refers). In contrast, traditional family farming over the past 10,000 years, has developed a vast variety of crop varieties and livestock breeds which have been much better ecologically suited for their environments. In the new holistic (ecological) scientific paradigm, it's more scientific.
It certainly doesn't help farmers to have one company dominating so much of the seed, and then jacking up prices. Vandana Shiva supports fair prices for farmers, fair price floors. Most farmers in the US have supported the same, but Congress reduced and eliminated these programs. As a result, 8 major farm commodity prices were below full cost almost all the time 1981-2006, and 5 of them on to 2014, and again today.
Get lost Rob, you troll these sights looking for those who tell the truth and are bent on obfuscation and deception. This article, for example, showed up in one of the g.e. discussion groups. I realized right away that it must be dishonest if shiva was being respected. So, took a look and commented. Authors like this and people like you need to get used to the fact that someone will always show up to oppose this bunk.
Yep, he was correct. Your methods of regressive thinking that interfere with progress need to be eliminated.
Einstein also said "Imagination is better than knowledge" for just the reason you are defending. Einstein recognised there is more to understanding reality than just the visible, mechanistic side of it. He also said that if humankind is to survive we will need to develop a very different way of thinking than we currently have. I think he's right.
Wow! The irony that a well known pro-GMO activist and spokesperson like yourself, Eric, would accuse others of lying and propaganda is remarkable. I've been watching you troll social media for years -- commenting on every GMO article you can find, promoting and defending the agrochemical industry as if your life depended on it. Go troll somewhere else...
What Shiva fails to understand is that the mechanistic view of life and the universe has been demonstrated constantly in the last few centuries. Albert Einstein explained the movement of pollen grains as being due to atoms and the whole atomic age was based on atoms. Add to that that the father of genetics, Gregor Mendel proved through years of meticulous experiments that individual heredity traits were particulate and DNA itself was eventually discovered by Watson, Crick, and Franklin as well.
Nobodyh stole any bananas. The resistant and biofortified ones are being developed in Uganda, by Ugandan scientists. Besides that, there is nothing wrong with buying banana corms and then improving them. That is not theft.
Speaking of LIARS.This one is a perenial GMO shill.
This is a pathetical propaganda about one of the world's biggest liars when it comes to agriculture. Shiva is one that regularly spreads the lie about Indian farmer suicides being linked to g.e. crops. BT cotton is successful in India. And such crops have assisted farmers worldwide. that is why they continue to use them. Also it is why there will be many more soon. They are working on disease resistant and biofortified cassava and bananas in Africa. People like John Collins need to find actual facts and talk to actual farmers before writing this nonsense. I think I will go eat some "edible commodities" for lunch.
Well put Ernest and thanks for the comment. This book clearly lays out what needs to change and I didn't mean to imply otherwise. Individuals thinking for themselves and taking food production into their own hands in their corner of the world is exactly what Dr. Shiva prescribes. I suppose I was lamenting the fact that the book didn't come with a recipe for political will.
Vanda Shiva does not explain how to counter global corporate agribusiness? I think she does give you permission to think for yourself in your corner of the world. She states agroecology gives priority to the local instead of privilege to global corporations.That to me means the ending of farm subsidies such as the farm bill. The ending of farm bureaucracies such as the USDA and Wisconsin’s DATCP. The replacement of fossil fuel subsidies with rising carbon taxes. The ending of regulations such as many building codes and zoning ordinances that exclude those with little financial capital but with much entrepreneurial capital.We have met the enemy and he is us with our governmental systems and privileges that comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted, both in the domestic and foreign policy arenas.
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