In this interview, social justice and anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) advocate Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., discusses her book, “Oneness vs. the 1%,” which she co-wrote with her son, in which she argues that the ultra-wealthy elite is responsible for a majority of the environmental, financial and health crises currently facing us.
In reality, it’s really about the 0.001% — the small number of billionaires and centibillionaires who have become ultra-rich over the past 30 years or so. Most of them didn’t exist before globalization. The 1% is just a useful metaphor for the ruling elite that the publisher thought would be easier to communicate.
One of the key players is, no surprise, Bill Gates, whose wealth and “philanthropic” efforts have garnered him unprecedented influence over agriculture and global health policies that threaten food security and human health.