Re: Bolivian Farmers Demand Researchers Drop Patent on And

While I respect the instrumental work of Colorado 
researchers to adapt quinoa to North American farms, I agree with the 
Bolivian farmers and RAFI on the topic of biopiracy.

Biopiracy is a product of Western Science and Technology.  More 
importantly, it is rooted in Western Mind, whose paradigm is 
individualism and extraction of natural resources with the aim of 
short-term economic gain at the expense of the common good.  
In contrast, Tribal Mind is based on community ethics and 
long-term environmental awareness.

I became aware of these two paradigms on a recent trip to 
India, after visiting tribal villages that were (as are many Native 
Americans, African Americans, and indigenous peoples around 
the world)  culturally displaced by dominant European colonialism.  

For a revealing insight, read Winin Pereria's book, whose titles 
says it all...."Global Parasites:  500 Years of Western Culture", 
available from The Other India Press. 

Western Mind, it should be noted, is not just about white people
from the North.  It is a frame of mind that results in actions that 
threaten the planet and its peoples.  

Sadly, corrupt governments and industrialists of the resource-rich 
two-thirds world have happily adopted Western Mind think, and 
are reaping their individual rewards while fellow citizens, wildlife,
and plant-based ecosystems are suffering in misery.

Globalization, which many are realizing is so destructive,  is a logical end 
product of Western Mind. 

I am hopeful, however, in the many alternative models that are
emerging from the visionary movements such as spiritual ecology, 
permaculture, and sustainable agriculture in general.  

Some of the paradigm shifters that come to mind include the 
partnership model that Riane Eisler talks about in "The Chalice 
and The Blade", and from a macro socio-economic perspective, the 
Progressive Utilization Theory, or PROUT, propounded by the Indian 
scholar and philosopher, P.R. Sarkar. 

Steve Diver