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article imageVideo: Vandana Shiva speaks on International Women's Day and GMOs

By Anne Sewell     Mar 8, 2013 in World
Los Angeles - Stating categorically that "Capitalist patriarchy has aggravated violence against women", Dr Vandana Shiva was interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! on International Women's Day.
Dr. Shiva is an Indian feminist, an activist and thinker. She is well known as being the original "tree hugger" who, with friends, saved many trees during her younger days.
She speaks out strongly against genetically modified organisms and maintains that no corporation has the right to patent life.
Dr. Shiva is an author of many books, with the latest being "Making Peace with the Earth."
In the video, Dr. Shiva discusses the impact on women by what she calls the world’s "violent economic order," and the women-led uproar over sexual violence in India triggered by last year’s brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi.
Amy Goodman then asks Dr. Shiva, a world-renowned physicist, for her take on the recent U.S. Supreme Court case which has pitted an Indiana farmer against the agri-giant Monsanto.
"The multiple wars against the earth, through the economy, through greed, through capitalist, patriarchal domination, must end, and we have to recognize we are part of the earth," Dr. Shiva says. "The liberation of the earth, the liberation of women, the liberation of all humanity is the next step of freedom we need to work for, and it’s the next step of peace that we need to create."
She further says, "Two hundred and seventy thousand Indian farmers have committed suicide since Monsanto entered the Indian seed market. That’s more than a quarter-million. It’s a genocide. And every farmer who commits suicide leaves behind a widow. For me, this is a prime example of violence against women through violent economic means."
The full transcript of the interview can be read on the Democracy Now! website here.
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