Vandana Shiva accuses multinational corporations such as Monsanto of attempting to impose food totalitarianism on the world.

Vandana Shiva accuses multinational corporations such as Monsanto of attempting to impose food totalitarianism on the world.

Vandana Shiva accuses multinational corporations such as Monsanto of attempting to impose “food totalitarianism” on the world.

Shiva’s fiery opposition to globalization and to the use of genetically modified crops has made her a hero to anti-G.M.O. activists everywhere. The purpose of the trip through Europe, she had told me a few weeks earlier, was to focus attention there on “the voices of those who want their agriculture to be free of poison and G.M.O.s.” At each stop, Shiva delivered a message that she has honed for nearly three decades: by engineering, patenting, and transforming seeds into costly packets of intellectual property, multinational corporations such as Monsanto, with considerable assistance from the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the United States government, and even philanthropies like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are attempting to impose “food totalitarianism” on the world. She describes the fight against agricultural biotechnology as a global war against a few giant seed companies on behalf of the billions of farmers who depend on what they themselves grow to survive. Shiva contends that nothing less than the future of humanity rides on the outcome.

“There are two trends,” she told the crowd that had gathered in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, in Florence, for the seed fair. “One: a trend of diversity, democracy, freedom, joy, culture—people celebrating their lives.” She paused to let silence fill the square. “And the other: monocultures, deadness. Everyone depressed. Everyone on Prozac. More and more young people unemployed. We don’t want that world of death.” The audience, a mixture of people attending the festival and tourists on their way to the Duomo, stood transfixed. Shiva, dressed in a burgundy sari and a shawl the color of rust, was a formidable sight. “We would have no hunger in the world if the seed was in the hands of the farmers and gardeners and the land was in the hands of the farmers,” she said. “They want to take that away.”

Shiva, along with a growing army of supporters, argues that the prevailing model of industrial agriculture, heavily reliant on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuels, and a seemingly limitless supply of cheap water, places an unacceptable burden on the Earth’s resources. She promotes, as most knowledgeable farmers do, more diversity in crops, greater care for the soil, and more support for people who work the land every day. Shiva has particular contempt for farmers who plant monocultures—vast fields of a single crop. “They are ruining the planet,” she told me. “They are destroying this beautiful world.”

The global food supply is indeed in danger. Feeding the expanding population without further harming the Earth presents one of the greatest challenges of our time, perhaps of all time. By the end of the century, the world may well have to accommodate ten billion inhabitants—roughly the equivalent of adding two new Indias. Sustaining that many people will require farmers to grow more food in the next seventy-five years than has been produced in all of human history. For most of the past ten thousand years, feeding more people simply meant farming more land. That option no longer exists; nearly every arable patch of ground has been cultivated, and irrigation for agriculture already consumes seventy per cent of the Earth’s freshwater.

The nutritional demands of the developing world’s rapidly growing middle class—more protein from pork, beef, chicken, and eggs—will add to the pressure; so will the ecological impact of climate change, particularly in India and other countries where farmers depend on monsoons. Many scientists are convinced that we can hope to meet those demands only with help from the advanced tools of plant genetics. Shiva disagrees; she looks upon any seed bred in a laboratory as an abomination.

The fight has not been easy. Few technologies, not the car, the phone, or even the computer, have been adopted as rapidly and as widely as the products of agricultural biotechnology. Between 1996, when genetically engineered crops were first planted, and last year, the area they cover has increased a hundredfold—from 1.7 million hectares to a hundred and seventy million. Nearly half of the world’s soybeans and a third of its corn are products of biotechnology. Cotton that has been engineered to repel the devastating bollworm dominates the Indian market, as it does almost everywhere it has been introduced.

Those statistics have not deterred Shiva. At the age of sixty-one, she is constantly in motion: this year, she has travelled not only across Europe but throughout South Asia, Africa, and Canada, and twice to the United States. In the past quarter century, she has turned out nearly a book a year, including “The Violence of the Green Revolution,” “Monocultures of the Mind,” “Stolen Harvest,” and “Water Wars.” In each, she has argued that modern agricultural practices have done little but plunder the Earth.

The Best AirPod i12 TWS – How you can use it?

The i12 TWS can be the best and affordable  AirPods alternatives for now. Adapt advanced True Wireless Stereo (TWS) technology, left and right channel separately, can be used alone or both in the same time. But for those who use this Bluetooth earbuds for first time, they must have no idea to it. How to use this i12 TWS? Do not worry, here is a special operation instruction about i12 TWS.

How to turn on /off the i12 TWS?

Power on: the two i12 TWS earbuds will turn on and pair each other automatically after taking out from the charging case.

Power off: long-press the power button.

How to pairing i12 TWS?

The two i12 TWS earbuds will turn on and pair each other automatically,  the left earbuds will flash blue and the red LED of right earbuds will turn off when they paired each other successfully.

You will hear prompt “connected” after paired.

Note:

●If two earbuds have not paired each other, please delete the paired information of earbuds, then, long press power button of both earbuds 5 seconds to into pairing mode, the left earbuds will flash blue and the red LED of right earbuds will turn off when they paired each other successfully.

●The earbuds will turn off if it can’t paired within 5 minutes.

 

Delete the paired information: in pairing mode, 5 click the power button until LED-lit RED.

How to play music with i12 TWS?

●Play/Pause: press power button for once

●Next song: three click the power button of right earbuds

●Previous song: three click the power button of left earbuds

 

Call Siri: Press and hold the power button 3 seconds during play model

How to answer the phone call with i12 TWS earbuds?

Answer/End call: press once power button.

Reject call: double press the power button.

How to charge the i12 TWS?

Charging the i12 TWS earbuds:

Put the earbuds into the slot of charging case, then power on the charging case, the LED indicator will flash red and will turn off after fully charged.

Charging the battery box (charging case):

Charging the battery box with a USB cable, the LED indicator will light yellow and green, the LED indicator flashes once mean 25% is charged, flashes 2 times means 50%, 3 times means 75% is charged, 4 time means 100% charged.

 

For Gearbest customers: If you’ve purchased i12 TWS from us and still have a problem after using the firmware, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Just fill in the ticket with your questions at our Support Center and send it to us. We will do our best to deal with your problem as soon as possible. We are always happy to help.

i12 TWS Bluetooth Airpods description

Mini i12 tws wireless Bluetooth Stereo Wireless touch Earbuds September special promotion @ R390 The i12 TWS true wireless earphones are the successor of the i10 TWS. As we know, the i10 TWS has gained wide popularities on the market due to its exceptional clarity and quality. Then the i12 TWS made further great improvement on the basis of i10 TWS. The earbuds measure just 2.13 x 1.73 x 0.59 inches and..weigh a mere 80 grams, which makes them significantly more compact than TWS’s previous models. The i12 TWS also run on the brand new Raychem 5.0 chipset featuring a highly responsive touch sensor in order to come as close as possible to the touch feedback found on the Apple Airpods. This same sensor is also responsible for boosting the Bluetooth range and improves battery performance. Product description:- Item type:Headset Channel: Stereo Color: 5.0 automatic pairing Bluetooth protocol: 5.0 Whether single or both ears: bilateral stereo How to use: earbud Function: power display, voice control, call function, support music, multi-point connection Transmission range: 10 meters Package Include: 1 x product i12 TWS with case, 1x USB charger, ,1 x User Manual, 1 x box packaging