“…acknowledge the central role that knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe play in maintaining sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity and in helping communities to ensure food security and health; and encourage establishing sound and effective safeguarding mechanisms […] addressing appropriately the relationship between transmission and innovation and between safeguarding and commercial use.”
HKW conference on the Anthropocene — keynote talk of historian and post-colonial theorist Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
The Anthropocene Project An Opening
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin — January 12, 2013
GMO today means “god move over.” But genetic engineering is not a game of Lego in which genes can be moved around without any impact on the organism or the environment. It is time to put nature and people back in the technology narrative. It is time to see technology as a tool, and not an end that defines a new fundamentalist religion through which corporations become the new gods.