Dr Vandana Shiva (David) vs. Monsanto (Goliath)

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.

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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15 Responses to Dr Vandana Shiva (David) vs. Monsanto (Goliath)

  1. jgeerlings says:

    Goliath has most people believing that agricultural chemicals must be used to prevent mass starvation. Dr Shiva is doing great work. Some people who oppose Monsanto are so emotionally charged, that their accusations against the company are inaccurate. There is enough truth in what the company has done and what its products do to make reasonable people oppose Goliath.

    • Jgeering
      I agree with you. The facts stated baldly are very powerful. I like calling them Goliath because it reminds me… emotionally… that Goliath went down. Truly, I have seen so many paper tigers collapse that I begin to think they are ALL made out of paper.

  2. Bean Counter says:

    Bill Gates, Margaret Sanger, the Rockefeller family, Monsanto and ADM have done more social engineering damage to the world in the last 100 years than has happened in all prior recorded history. Between eugenics and frankenfood these asshats have spread biological and social cancer worldwide repeatedly. Ultimate control – minds and metabolisms……

    • Minds and Metabolism… now that’s a good blog title! Ya gotta watch me. Helen did a blog on Love/Hate and I did several on that theme. Jgeering taught me to make sauerkraut and off I went making sauerkraut and lacto-fermentation veg. Genius got me making wine. I am shameless.

      • Bean Counter says:

        Hey Reb, thievery +/- 10% change can get you a patent or a copyright, correct? 🙂
        Go forth and hijack, my friend!

      • Bean Counter,
        Pretty accurate, it is called “improvement” in the USPTO. You only get the patent on the “change” not the original theft. Still, if it sells your product and not the original, you’re good.

        In the original charter of the USPTO as well as the Indian Patent Office… life of any kind could not be patented. Monsanto is beating the door down. Human genes are also being patented. Court cases abound around medical facilities owning your DNA because they took a cheek swab to give you your ancestry reading. Or you beat cancer and they want to patent why.

        Anyone taking control of every food source is of grave concern.

  3. Applauding, supportive of your efforts. I am so appalled, but not surprised, at the high-jacking of our food supply. Great post. Thank you.

  4. JoHanna,
    Great post! My ancestors were starved out of Ireland and lucky they weren’t part of the million or so that laid down and died of starvation. After my dad was transferred away from the lush food of the Oregon coastal forests, we got hungry sometimes too. I learned all the edible weeds and wild plants in our new location. Nothing has ever equalled the food abundance of my beloved Pacific Northwest. I am wresting food from my dry New Mexico property for me and wildlife!

    • Bean Counter says:

      I have always thought of the Irish potatoe famine as a cautionary tale regarding involving a couple of things: monoculture agriculture and unfettered childbirth. When your entire food chain revolves around one crop you are playing Russian Roulette. When you have way more kids than a failed farm can support you are entering round 2 of said game.

  5. Bean Counter
    True about monoculture of any crop and true about unrestricted births, since we have limited space. A lot of countries like Japan and Germany are having (and need) population declines. Current economics rely on population increases. The potato famine was more a result of England’s inheritance and land laws that compressed the amount of land that mostly Catholic Irish could own or lease. Bigger chunks were taken every year by the aristocracy. They were switching to sheep and no longer needed the peons on the land. Ireland was producing huge amounts of food all during the famine. Before, the landlords fed their tenant workers. So many people were thrown off land their families lived on for hundreds of years. They also lost rights to fields they had used. Upshot, potatoes were so productive in a small space, it was all they had left. The British did not relent during the potato famine. They no longer needed the workers.
    We are living through a similar period… corporate execs (our new lords) have moved in a different direction and no longer need us. We better start creating businesses and a new economy without them or we will also starve. We also need to address food security while we can.

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