by GRAIN | 30 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
by GRAIN | 29 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
Do we need intellectual property protection to safeguard the continued development of traditional knowledge systems?
by Silvia Ribeiro | 27 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
by Zachary Makanya | 25 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
Africa is in danger of becoming the dumping ground for the struggling GM industry and the laboratory for frustrated scientists. The proponents of GM technology sell a sweet message of GM crops bringing the second green revolution and the answer to African hunger, but a closer look makes it clear that GM crops have no place in African agriculture. Here are twelve reasons why.
by GRAIN | 22 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
Many of us often have to struggle with words and concepts that are used as though they have one single and simple meaning, while in reality they hide strong bias and very specific worldviews. Not surprisingly, they are usually biased towards the worldviews of those in power. There have also been words and concepts which were well-intentioned when coined but that have been corrupted over time through inappropriate usage, thereby acquiring more complicated connotations and implications. When we use these words, we often unwillingly but unavoidably become trapped in political and philosophical frameworks which block our ability to challenge the power that backs those views.
In the following pages, GRAIN takes a critical look at some such key concepts related to agricultural research. This follows an earlier effort to look at key concepts related to knowledge, biodiversity and intellectual property rights that we undertook in the January 2004 Seedling . Many of the following words and phrases look innocent enough at a first glance, but on deeper examination, we can see how they are used to serve particular agendas. Some are used to constrain us and lock us into a particular way of thinking, and others are used against us. This is not an exercise aimed at drawing final conclusions, but an invitation to deconstruct some definitions and start the search for new terminology and ways of thinking that may help us untangle some of the conceptual traps we are stuck in. Your comments are welcome.
by GRAIN | 21 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
by GRAIN | 19 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
by GRAIN | 17 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
by Brewster Kneen | 15 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004
Silent Theft - The Private Plunder of our Common Wealth, by David Bollier, Routledge, 2003, 272 pp.
by GRAIN | 9 Jul 2004 | Seedling - July 2004