Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rich and famous embrace Vandana Shiva, wealthy self-described savior of the poor

Keith Kloor | October 24, 2014 | Discover

Vandana Shiva, a global environmental icon and champion of peasant traditions, has been the guest of honor numerous times in glittering events held at ABC Carpet & Home in New York City, which for the uninitiated is a sumptuous home furnishings mecca with a chic interior and socially conscious ethic.

Shiva, for those unfamiliar with the Indian enviromentalist, is best known for her anti-GMO activism, including claims she has popularized that myself and other journalists have inspected closely in recent years. The most thorough examination of Shiva’s activism was done several months ago by Michael Specter in The New Yorker. Shiva is not accustomed to being challenged by journalists. She has grown used to the “rock star” treatment accorded to her by Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, and her many other admirers in the media. Perhaps that’s why Shiva was especially perturbed at Specter’s feature article (which science journalism professionals lauded), registering numerous objections that New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick soundly rebutted....To Read More.....

My Take – Comments worth noting:  “That Shiva gave her lecture in a swanky New York City boutique and not a feed and seed in Iowa pretty much tells us all we need to know”.  “Shiva is lionized, particularly in the West, because she presents the romantic view of the farm.”  “Truth be damned. People in the rich world love to dabble in a past they were lucky enough to avoid—you know, a couple of chickens running around with the children in the back yard. But farming is bloody tough, as anyone who does it knows. It is like those people who romanticize villages in the developing world. Nobody who ever lived in one would do that.”

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