Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Seed Merchants

This is an interesting article by Vandana Shiva on the seed patent industry and how it exploits peasant farmers in India and other still developing societies.

It reminds me of the brilliant early 1950s satirical sci-fi novel, "The Space Merchants," by Cyril Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl. As I've long said, rather than Orwell's "1984" (which is used more for self-congratulation than really thinking about the society we really live in), students in high school should read "The Space Merchants." It's about us. It's a prophecy about our time. And it has a sense of humor lacking in Orwell's book that fits our modern cultural sensibility.


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