Dr Vandana Shiva on seed banks

It’s easy to be brought down a bit when you put yourself out there for a cause, such as environmental conservation and increasing sustainable practices, when the majority of of your feedback seems to come from promoters of anti-science, the self-titled “sceptics” (of rationality, I would argue). The rise of the Tea-Party movement and Republican success following the mid-term leaves the most powerful nation on the face of the globe increasingly disabled at leading the necessary innovations required to mitigate and adapt to climate change and increasing species loss.

Yet, amidst all this, a passionate and rational voice appeared on my radio last night which was the breath of fresh air that I needed following my recent plunges into the foggy grey world of irrationality. Dr Shiva demonstrates, at least to me, that it is an illusion to believe that the market will solve our problems or that we can wait for truly effective governance. If we want to improve the standard of living of those around us, it will be the result of passionate and well-informed groups of people.

Where many of us live under an illusion that the current economical structure improves the average wealth of each individual (it actually seems to promote inequality), I believe Dr Shiva’s work give us a hint of something that could universally stimulate prosperity while meeting the needs of ecological conservation.

“Contrary to all the falsehoods that industrial agriculture with it’s mono-culture and capital intensity produces more food. At the level of small scale farmers, the more biodiversity you have, the more food you produce and conservation actually becomes a food security solution,” – Dr Vandana Shiva.

Hack Podcast (5mins) – Dr Vandana Shiva on setting up seed banks

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2 thoughts on “Dr Vandana Shiva on seed banks

  1. My intertubes is messing me around so I haven’t listened yet but I did see an interview with her on teev. An excellent woman.

    As for small plot agriculture, it’s a shame that permaculture’s been sidelined as an obsession of knit-your-own-sandals hippies. When you look at the work done in difficult areas with impoverished people and see the year-round bounty from well set up, well managed plots you marvel at how ‘easy’ it is when done right. The very simple idea that no plan and no activity should have a single outcome / output or purpose is genius in operation.

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    1. You couldn’t be more correct.
      I tell you; if we want plots with large yards, it’s not too difficult to make it somewhat productive – and the long term profits/saving are relatively good. But as you say, it has a stigma about it (as is being re-stimulated to near paranoia with environmental sciences)

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