‘life itself will have been colonized’

biopiracyFor Shiva, creativity is about participation in the process of life, and not about control. Control of the seed is both control of the plant in agriculture and also control of the fetus in childbirth. The two are really one and the same. She writes that ‘the frantic cry for patent protection in agriculture is really a ruse for control of biological resources in agriculture’ [my emphasis] and  ‘through intellectual property rights, an attempt is made to take away what belongs to nature, to farmers, and to women, and to term this invasion improvement and progress. Violence and plunder as instruments of wealth creation are essential in the colonization of nature and of our bodies through the new technologies.’ Writing in the Nineties, she warned that ‘if this too is allowed to happen, life itself will have been colonized.’ (54, 55-56)

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