A leading light and hope for me in the fight against the evil that is Monsanto and its moneyman Bill Gates is Dr. Vandana Shiva. Please visit her website at http://www.navdanya.org.
I have watched Dr. Shiva take on this megalithic corporation on behalf of Indian farmers, 250,000 of whom have already been lost to suicide because they believed Monsanto’s false claims to better production with GMO crops and pesticides. Lured in by these false claims, they mortgaged everything to buy in. Destruction ensued and crop after crop failed and families were thrown off ancestral land.
Monsanto has truly stormed India, which has good laws in place to protect farmers and seed collection. No matter, like in the US, Monsanto writes it’s own laws in India.
Dr. Shiva started Navdanya, a woman – centered group that is storing heirloom and landrace crop seed to save as many varieties as possible. They are working with the remaining farmers to reinstate the use of traditional landrace seeds that not only grow well under local conditions, but also provide seed for the succeeding year’s crops.
Her mission is based on the human rights to seed sovereignty, food sovereignty, water sovereignty, and land sovereignty.
Her battle is against Monsanto’s world view that they can own and control over 7 billion human being’s access to seeds for growing food. Admitting that Monsanto has crushed many of us into submission is an understatement that pains me to admit.
Dr Vandana Shiva will stay the course and has spoken to people all over the world, encouraging us all in the same battle for seed sovereignty.
Right now Monsanto is laying waste to US trademark laws by trademarking the names of heirloom species. US trademark law specifically prohibits this, and I am trying to find the mechanism they are using to bypass trademark laws and who is enabling it. Anyone out there have facts on this issue?
Monsanto is also trying to buy Syngenta, which brings the virulent endocrine disrupter Atrazine to this country, and which is a purveyor of many toxins that are destroying our health. Imagine the horror. Is Bill Gates going to pony the money up for this black wedding?
Monsanto bought The Climate Corporation in a bid to control climate data access.
In any case, we are fighting a battle and I am glad to have Dr Vandana Shiva on my side.