quote by Vandana Shiva

It is time to learn from the mistakes of monocultures of the mind and the essentialising violence of reductionist thought. It is time to turn to diversity for healing.

— Vandana Shiva

Courageous Monoculture quotations

A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.


A single, one-dimensional way of thinking has created a monoculture of the mind.

And the monoculture of the mind has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is the root of why we have pitted equity against ecology and sustainability against justice.

Unfortunately, we live in a time when the media are almost a monoculture.

Nature doesn't like empires. It doesn't like accumulation in one place, it doesn't like monoculture. It's always trying to make diverse species. It wants to spread everything out. And we're constantly trying to hold everything in.

The main goal is to increase diversity.

The one thing that is bad for society is low diversity. This is true for culture or evolution, for species and also for whole societies. If you become a monoculture, you are at great risk of perishing.


Real life is imperfect and shows differences and variety, characteristics which are not favored in monocultures.

Seen from a monocultural perspective, manipulating objects is very, very clever.

But seen from a multidimensional perspective, from a perspective of diversity, this is extremely crude because what we have lost out on is a cow that serves as a source of sustainable energy.

The system of seeds based on monoculture is wrong and inappropriate.

The biodiverse system has produced more food, and biodiversity means that seeds must be in the hands of farmers.

Monoculture hates small towns, artists, artisans and colorful diverse expression, preferring instead a one-size-fits-all solution.

Monoculture hates diversity of all types, especially diversity of opinion, and is therefore the enemy of free speech and expression.


What I propose for the "life of a poet" goes against the grain of the fossil fuel monoculture. Maybe the most revolutionary act these days is not to watch television and to read a book a day at least.

I don't want to live in a monoculture of any kind.

I don't want to live in a wealthy monoculture, a black monoculture. I don't want to live in an elitist, progressive monoculture.

Monoculture hates diversity of all types, especially diversity of opinion, and is therefore the enemy of free speech.

Monocultural forces want you to forget your childhood dreams, grow up, look the same, act the same and be the same.

Monoculture wants you to forget that the joy of life is in the community of the village.


Monocultural forces want you to forget your childhood dreams, grow up, look the same, act the same and be the same, and this is why monocultures are bigoted and intolerant of those who are different.

All monoculture is inherently vulnerable; from plants in gardens to people in urban centers.

There's no choice left in America anymore.

Anything that's authentic and genuine, anything that grew out of any sense of tradition, is wiped out. We're left with this bland monoculture that's swept over the whole country.

Monocultures create mind-monopolies.

The zombie brand-drones of monoculture live in the grey prison cells of homogeneity.


Monoculture wants you to forget that the joy of life is in the community of the village, where you can touch, taste, smell, feel and experience a motley potpourri of cultural vicissitudes.

The zombie brand-drones of monoculture live in the grey prison cells of homogeneity, dearth of the vibrancy of choice - standing in a cultural bread-line, just to stay alive. Environmentalism is about life itself, because the environment is the space where all life happens.

We must heal the Earth with sustainable, biodynamic, organic farming, and reject the unnatural, monoculture plant concentration camps of the industrial era of force and control.

The monocultural corrals-of-thought are forms of enforcement which create class-stratification through brand self-identification.

Consumer asceticism leads to a monoculture of deprivation, which is the opposite of diversity and openness.


Social monocultures suppress the wild growth that is possible in the untamed forest of innovation without limits.

Spiritual models for me are the communities of Tibetans living in exile in India, or the banjars of Bali, which exist in times of difficulty, oppression. Alternative spaces-perhaps this kind of communication can take place over the Net? Probably only up to a point as the Net's controlled by the military. But the idea is to live outside multi-national, monocultural, commodification prison, outside the grey areas of power-mad, monied collusion.

We should take a lesson from the Irish potato famine: monocultures are vulnerable. Monocultures of any kind are very vulnerable, because one change and you're cooked. So we should be diversifying, wouldn't you say?

[My muse] is, in fact, a woman of the world, and precisely because of this, hopes that a diversity of cultures will endure, and that one bland monoculture does not swamp everything.

On my Instagram, I'm always keeping a record of things being pulled down in Soho and shutters being closed. Every city - and London more than anywhere - has got to be a vibrant mix of all different things. We can't allow it to become a monoculture.


It is said that the American vocabulary has declined by half in the past few decades. It's a tragic instance of desertification following upon monocultural commodity production, the clear-cutting of written and spoken English.

Civilization has ceased to be that delicate flower which was preserved and painstakingly cultivated in one or two sheltered areas of a soil rich in wild species ... Mankind has opted for monoculture; it is in the process of creating a mass civilization, as beetroot is grown in the mass. Henceforth, man's daily bill of fare will consist only of this one item.