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Vandana Shiva In Berkeley
Vandana Shiva In Berkeley
Vandana Shiva says that she gave up quantum physics not because she was bored with physics, but because she was tired of all the lies she was hearing about the "Green Revolution" meaning industrial agriculture using chemical inputs created to put to use a surplus of post war explosives. Thus she proceeded to examine one of the recent lies Bush has told about why food prices have increased. She gave her talk the slogan "Remembering Not Forgetting". The lie goes like this. "Food prices have increased because Indian people are more prosperous, so they are eating better and more". No part of this statement is true she cautioned. The doubling of food prices has meant a doubling of profits for the corporations controlling the food system while the media tells a story of scarcity and blames it on India. This lie of scarcity is told to maintain the illusion that industrial agriculture produces more food when it is scientifically known that small diversified farms are 10 times more productive. They're just not more productive for commerical agribusiness in terms of monocropping a commodity crop such as wheat. She also mentioned that industrial agriculture is responsible for 30 to 40% of global warming emissions. The other illusion the lie covers up, she pointed out, was that if you ship grain around and around the world there will be more of it. What globalization really does, she said, is allow transnational corporations to speculate on food prices. She didn't quite explain it all, but such speculation allows corporations to force farmers to compete with each other or use slave labor on plantations to drive the cost of production down. By exporting the crop cheaply, they can turn around and sell it back to consumers at a higher price. This explains how "things get created from nothing" when a country exports exactly the same amount of grain as it imports. When the impact of industrial agriculture caused rivers to die, food shortages and other perils leading to conflict, it was blamed on the people and framed in terms of ethnic, religious and regional conflicts. Natural causes such as drought was also blamed, but when Vandana looked at the actual climate data for that part of the world she found that drought had always been a part of that region, but because traditional methods, ie mulch were no longer in use, the soils ability to hold moisture collapsed. Monsanto, she told us, has bought up so many seed companies that it now controls 95% of all GMO seeds and 40 to 60% of non-GMO seeds. The International Forum On Globalization which she leads has been fighting Monsanto's desire to patent all life. In India they successfully fought off the patenting of the Neem tree. This patenting, Vandana pointed out, is the ultimate enclosure of the commons on the part of transnational corporations. The commons, she said, is the space where we exercise our responsibility for future generations. In the Q & A the first question was "What can woman do to fight industrial agriculture?" to which she said she would change that to "What do women do?" and proceeded to tell us that most of the world's farmers are women who practice diversity, share food, feed the children, sell to local markets and only then sell any excess to world markets. This in contrast to the 70% of industrial agriculture grain that is fed to cattle. The root of her spiritual strength, she said, was a recognition of the sacred to play with and not against this amazing universe, to celebrate life, celebrate the feminine. She said that industry feared the feminine, feared the other being free, independent and alive. That violence comes from narrow, short term greed and that corporations were designed to follow the model of a disease. When asked to comment on population growth she said there are two kinds of growth—industrial slaves and humans. Humans she said actually need very little to live. It is industrial growth that is depleting resources. When asked how she would steer Slow Food Nation away from elitism, she said that Slow Food needed to link up with every other movement of social justice. She would make that happen by bringing the International Forum on Globalization to Slow Food and get it on the side of anti-globalization and gave the example of Terra Madre in Brazil. Eating, she pointed out, has become a planetary act.
Today's Holocene Mass Extinction
Today's Holocene Mass Extinction
IMG_3058 Male Question Mark, Fall Color Form From the Blog of Thom Hartmann: Is a Food Bubble Coming? Many of you may remember back in 2008 - as our economy was heading into full meltdown - there was also a food crisis hitting the entire globe. The price of wheat skyrocketed - creating panic around the world. 2008 became the first year in human history that the population of those who went hungry increased - an increase of more than 250 million people - in a single year! More than a billion people bordered on starvation. The food crisis was even felt in America where 49 million people struggled to feed themselves and demand for food stamps and soup kitchens increased considerably. It was chaos. But there was something strange about the 2008 food crisis and the price of wheat that caused it. Simply - there was no shortage of wheat. In fact - 2008 yielded the largest amount of wheat in the history of the world! 657 million bushels weren't sold at all! There was a record breaking surplus! So - with such an enormous supply of wheat - what caused prices to shoot up? The answer is on Wall St. In 1991 - Goldman Sachs was looking for another financial instrument to sell. They were tired of speculating with debt and real estate and realized the new horizon was food. So they created an index of commodities like cattle - corn - and wheat - that they could then sell to investors. As more and more investors bought into the food index - prices began to rise. So despite there being plenty of wheat - prices continued to climb thanks to investors purchasing more and more future food commodities. And in 2008 - "The Economist" noted that food prices had increased to a level not seen since 1845. A bubble was being created - thanks to Goldman Sachs. But - as then Chairman of the Kansas City Board of Trade pointed out, "This isn't just any commodity - It is food - and people need to eat." He was right - Wall Street bankers had manipulated the price of the most basic need for everyone on the planet - food - and the effects of the gamble rippled across the entire globe with hundreds of thousand of people dying of starvation. Meanwhile Goldman made a killing in profits - literally. Eventually - the bubble burst and prices returned to normal - but the damage was already done. The food crisis of 2008 was merely a by-product of loose oversight in our markets and millionaires and billionaires who had more money than they knew what to do with - thanks to the Reagan and Bush tax cuts. This should be a lesson learned, right? In today's "Financial Times" there was a story about food prices in the US spiking again. Due to extreme weather the US Agriculture Department once again cut crop forecasts and warned of a shortage in grain production. Corn yield estimates have now been cut for a third month in a row causing the price to jump to $6 a bushel for the first time since back in 2008. Cotton and soybeans also posted high prices reminiscent of the 2008 global food crisis. As food prices are on the rise - will Wall St. jump in the game again? After all - what else are they going to do with their billions? Rinse, wash, repeat. Break up the Too Big To Fail Banks - including Warren Buffet's Goldman Sachs.

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