All manner of global development must recognize the interdependence
of ekologiaenvironmental, social and economic systems so that present-day needs are met without compromising the survival of future generations. The absolutely essential provision of clean water, sanitation, and energy must be compatible with protection of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

Such phenomena as genetic engineering give multi-national companies power over food, crops, and farmers, thus standing in the way of sustainable development. Through passage of food-slander legislation, U.S. states are making it a crime to speak negatively about various products. Global trade agreements favor corporate power over state environmental and worker protections, while intellectual property laws and life patents on seeds make it illegal for farmers to save, replant or share seeds. This system results in bankruptcy for many small farmers, who then move into cities to swell the ranks of unemployed poor.

Furthermore, corporations are taking over the world food supply through trade agreements that restrict countries from using their sovereign powers to enforce their laws in a variety of areas, from clean air to clean water.

Lois explains how national resources are rapidly depleted while engineered “biocrops,awash in herbicides and pesticides, replace diverse and nourishing foods. She goes step by step through the morass of corporate power, explaining how routine practices obstruct sustainable development.