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The Non-Sustainability of Monocultures & From Bio-imperialism to Bio-democracy. By: Martin Matthew Zais. The Non-Sustainability of Monocultures. Monocultures dominate and will eventually strangle themselves ‘scientific forestry is harmful Undermines diversity and local knowledge

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The Non-Sustainability of Monocultures &From Bio-imperialism to Bio-democracy

By: Martin Matthew Zais


Monocultures dominate and will eventually strangle themselves

  • ‘scientific forestry is harmful
    • Undermines diversity and local knowledge
  • ‘Sustainable’ yields are harmful
    • Create uniformity and collapse
    • Focused on economics of a forest
  • Normal forests have become abnormal
natural processes

Uniform forests are harmful to natures processes

  • Drying of soil, erosion of the soil and rapid regressions
Natural Processes
selective cutting

Selective cutting sounds like a good idea.

  • Logging operations must also build infrastructure which destroys forests.
    • In some logged forests only 33% of the trees remain unharmed.
  • Sustainable yields are in direct conflict with biological productivity
    • Forests afforestation rates have dropped 40%
Selective Cutting

They are exclusively planted – Corn of trees

  • Increased cash flow
  • Deplete natural ecosystems
  • Local cultures revolt
  • Peasants pulled millions of eucalyptus seedlings and replanted tamarind and mango seeds
agricultural globalism

Native crops are well adapted

  • New pests do not come in with the plants
  • New superbugs/weeds
  • High yield require lots of water.
  • Inputs are sold like NPK
Agricultural Globalism
democratizing knowledge

Shifting away from economics would help humans

  • Inconsistent with equity and justice
  • Reduces/minimizes the value of traditional knowledge
  • Disregards nature
Democratizing Knowledge
ecology equity and efficiency

What bio-imperialism leads to 1.) ecological instability 2.) external control 3.) efficiency in one dimensional framework

  • Need to change monetary and harmful policies. Change will start at the large scale
  • Need to shift incentives from economic to democracy
Ecology, equity and efficiency
who controls biodiversity

Gene rich Global South has given away biodiversity only to have it sold back to themselves.

  • Genes/property vs coevolution/relationships
  • Bio democracy acknowledges the intrinsic value of all life forms.
  • Need to protect property rights
Who controls biodiversity?