Friday, March 8, 2013

Vandana Shiva on Bowman v. Monsanto: This Case Is About Every Farmer, Person and Seed in the World

Vandana Shiva on Bowman v. Monsanto: This Case Is About Every Farmer, Person and Seed in the World
Mar 8, 2013 | democracynow


Watch the entire interview with Vandana Shiva on Democracy Now! at http://bit.ly/Z5y8Zh. Indian scientist and environmentalist Vandana Shiva addresses the recent U.S. Supreme Court case pitting an Indiana farmer against Monsanto, the world's largest seed company. The soybean farmer bought and planted a mix of unmarked grain typically used for animal feed, and the plants that grew contained the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready, which Monsanto guards closely with patents. Monsanto accused Bowman of using their technology without paying for it. Shiva has long been critical of Monsanto and the movement to genetically engineer and patent seeds. She points to how these changes have impacted India's farming community.

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