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Living Rivers & the Genetic Engineering Nightmare
All over the world rivers are dying. They are being polluted, diverted, privatized. The very life of our rivers and our civilizations is under threat. Instead of being treated as life lines, rivers have either been treated as "sinks" for the waste of chemical farms and urban and industrial complexes, or as "mines" for extracting water as "raw material" to be commodified and sold. The separation and disembedding of our rivers from ecology and culture, and their embedding in markets is promoting non-sustainable water use, a hydro-divide of the haves and have nots, and the potential for hydro jihads and water wars. For both peace and sustainability it is an imperative to re-embed our rivers in ecosystems and cultures of conservation. Living rivers need living cultures that care and living democracies that share.
Dr. Shiva is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books including Biopiracy, Stolen Harvestand Water Wars. Dr. Shiva spoke in Brisbane on September the 1st 2004 at the 7th Annual Rivers Symposium.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is the Director of the UK Institute of Science in Society and editor of Science in Society magazine, the world's only radical science magazine. She is also a scientific adviser to the Third World Network. A prolific author, she has published over 400 articles and 12 books including Living With the Fluid Genome, The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms, The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World and the forthcoming Unravelling AIDS and Rice is Life. In 2003 she helped to launch and currently sits on an international Independent Science Panel set up to advise governments and the public on the hazards of Genetic Engineering. Mae-Wan Ho spoke in Melbourne at the Coburg Town Hall in October 2004 as part of a speaking tour organised by the GeneEthics Network.
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