Sainath Suryanarayanan: Indigenous Symbiocultures of Plants, People and Bees: Interspecies Resistance to Agribiotechnology in the Yucatán Peninsula

Resistance to the spread of genetically engineered crops is on the rise in Luso-Hispanic countries, which are the world’s largest producers and exporters of GE-crops. This resistance is of a mixed variety—human communities organizing social movements have been surprisingly assisted by plants, animals and other nonhumans that have developed “biological” resistance to GE-crops.

In this talk, Dr. Suryanarayanan will develop the idea of symbioculture-- a co-evolving system of interspecies alliances between human and other-than-human entities—to explain the resistance of indigenous Mayan beekeepers to the spread of GE-soy in the Yucatán peninsula. In particular, he focus on the relationships between Yucatec Maya communities, milpa plants and stingless bees.

Monday, April 9
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

VCU Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave.)
Forum Room (Room 157)