iPod, iPhone, iDal.
September 3, 2010 9:08 PM Subscribe
"Every input in agriculture is a war chemical. Every agrichemical is a war chemical." Physicist Vandana Shiva on monoculture, agricultural imperialism, and protests in Delhi conscribed to the hours of 9-5.
[When] I started to save seeds, and I’d try and find the English names for our dals, you know, urad dal is the black gram. ...You didn’t have black gram, red gram. You had chickpea, cowpea, horse gram, because the British didn’t know how to use it, so they treated all this as animal feed. And we still only have animal feed names for the most important part of the Indian diet. And the other day, [Mirah] came back, she’d collected this package from the local market, of a new dal called iDal. iDal. 'i' like iPod. IPhone. iDal. It literally is a dal only in imagination, because it's made of [wheat] flour and soya flour. And it’s colored yellow. And it’s extruded. And they have a whole science of this now, called analogue dals. It’ll be the same soya and flour extruded into different shapes and dyed different colors. And we will imagine we are eating different things, but it’ll be the same thing.”This footage is from Dr. Shiva's recent talk on food and seed sovereignty at the International Meeting on Resisting Hegemony held 2-5 August 2010 in Penang, Malaysia.
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