Can people cut Vandana Shiva some slack?

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Over at his blog at Discover Magazine Keith Kloor is complaining about a pronouncement by Vandana Shiva describing GM crops as a new form of fascism and dictatorship. In the video below she says:

“Today, this new fascism is over life itself, in all its diversity. It’s not just controlling one religion, one race. It’s wanting to outlaw all diversity of all life on earth…This march against Monsanto is a call to end the dictatorship over seed, over life, over our food, and over our freedom.”

Unlike Kloor I welcome this new statement by Shiva, as it is one small step in her move from the utterly insane, to the merely fanatical. After all this is weak tea compared with her earlier view that GM crops could wipe out all life on earth. At this rate Shiva will be comparing GM crops with run of the mill murderers by 2030.

And I’m also beginning to have visions of Bill McKibben growing up to become Vandana Shiva. What a pleasure and a joy that will be.

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3 thoughts on “Can people cut Vandana Shiva some slack?

    mem_somerville (@mem_somerville) said:
    May 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Funny…I bought a “seed freedom” poster to my local March. But nobody wanted to talk about the freedom of Farmer Bowman to grow GMOs with Roundup.

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      Robert Wilson said:
      May 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Yes, GM crops don’t work, but we’ll insist on farmers’ rights to use these ineffective seeds. The contradictions are amazing. I always picture these anti-GM people typing on their Apple keyboards, listening to their iPods, and then complaining about corporate dominance.

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        mem_somerville (@mem_somerville) said:
        May 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        Thank you for opening my eyes, though. I really never thought that Shiva and I would agree on anything. But if she is on Bowman’s side on the right–nay, freedom–for him to grow GMOs, I will cut her some slack.

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