Thank you for Arnie Cooper’s interview with Vandana Shiva [“Biting the Hand That Feeds,” February 2004]. By depriving people of the means to sustain themselves, corporations are creating a world of slaves who will be both expendable and utterly dependent on corporations for their survival. What does it say about our culture when such revelations do not make the front pages of our newspapers, which instead are devoted to “news” of an entertainer’s exposed breast?
I reject the Left’s tendency — often displayed in The Sun — to disparage masculinity. Vandana Shiva makes a grave error when she calls modern developments in food production the “masculinization of agriculture.” Although men may control the industrialization and commodification of farming, these men are no more representative of their gender than the millions of other men who oppose them.
I see masculinity in my love for all the growing things of this planet, which many of my male ancestors devoted themselves to protecting and nurturing. Men’s role in providing life does not end with our desire to plant the seed. Most of us want to see the seeds grow and become food to feed our families and communities, or trees to build our homes, or forests to provide habitat for animals.
There are many men who are proud to say, “I planted that tree,” or better yet, “My father planted that tree,” or best of all, “My grandfather planted that tree.”