Friday Video: “The Real Science is the Science of Interconnection.” Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

Still shot of interview from Bill Moyers.

Friday Video posts are a (semi) regular feature on the Boiled Down Juice and explore concepts of community, history, and culture. If you’re interested in suggesting a video, please let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas. 

If you’re already familiar with GMO (genetically-modified organisms) and have been following the recent developments, or if you’re unfamiliar and want to learn more, today’s Friday Video is full of great information.

Today’s selection is a clip from Vandana Shiva’s July 2012 appearance  on the Bill Moyers show. Claiming that “the real science is the science of interconnection,” Shiva discusses the inherent problems with corporate rule of seeds (and companies like Monsanto) and the harm this system of GMOs is causing everyone, especially vulnerable populations.

One of the strengths of this video is Shiva’s discussion of the recent history of farming in India and the dire consequences faced by small farmers after food corporations began to enter the food system.  Outlining how industrialized food systems ex “Healthy food should not be a luxury for the rich,” she states.

What makes the video particularly inspiring is Shiva’s discussion of the decline in democracy that resides in the patenting of seed and the resulting “monocultures of the mind,” that fuel our disconnect to the very source of food. She goes on to talk about the need to think creatively about how to approach the economic and humanitarian problems we are facing. Having originally trained as a physicist, Shiva’s first hero was Einstein. It was because of him, she explained that she entered the field. Speaking of his influence reference Einsten’s famous quote, “You can solve the problems you face through the same mindset that caused those problems.”

Click here to learn more about Shiva’s work and writing.

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.