Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental activist and eco feminist. She is the founder/director of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology. She is author of numerous books including, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis; Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as NGOs, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Third World Network. She has received numerous awards, including 1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
The Food Dharma
Dharma” is a unique Indian concept, a gift of Indian civilisation to humanity. It has provided the compass for right action and right livelihood. There is no equivalent word in Western languages. The concept of dharma is not limited to religion — as has often been erroneously done — dharma is a...
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Get the GMO Out of My Mustard
India is the home of oilseed diversity—coconut, groundnut, linseed, niger, mustard and rapeseed, safflor, sesame. Our food cultures have evolved with our biodiversity of oilseeds. Sarson is called “Sarsapa” and “Rajika” in Sanskrit. Diverse Varieties of Sarson are are grown and used in India,...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Food Smart Cities: Join the Food Revolution
India needs a Food Revolution. A revolution where we connect farmers and city dwellers, not merely through technology, but in reality.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food
"Science" is derived from the scire – "to know". Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health. "Agroecology, not the mechanistic and blind paradigm of industrial agriculture, is the truly scientific approach to food production." The knowledge we...
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Monday, May 25, 2015
Save the World's Small-Scale Farmers
The peasants and farmers of India are the most resilient and independent community I have ever known. They have defended their rights and fought injustice and bounced back after every flood, drought and crop failure. Why then are they giving up on life today? Why are they committing suicide in such...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs
The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions. Industrial agiculture is the biggest contributor to biodiversity erosion as well as to climate change. According to the United Nations, 93...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
In Living Soil Lies the Solution to Climate Change
At this fragile moment of human evolution—in the immediate wake of yesterday's celebration of Mother Earth Day—we have a moment to reflect on the state of the Earth and the human condition, as well as an opportunity to renew our pact as members of the Earth family — Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam . Vasudhaiv...
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Corporate Fiction in the Age of GMOs
As the New Year begins, I feel compelled to reflect on how fictions and abstract constructions are ruling us; the nature of being and existence is being redefined in such fundamental ways that life itself is threatened. When corporations that were designed as legal constructs claim “personhood”,...
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Bhopal: A Metaphor
December 3, 2014, marks the 30th anniversary of the terrible Bhopal gas tragedy, which killed more than 3,000 people almost immediately, another 8,000 in the following days, and more than 20,000 in the last three decades. Despite the tragedy of humongous proportions, the people of Bhopal are still...
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Of Food, Farmers and WTO’s Doublespeak
The conflict between “free trade” and food rights came to the fore again at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in September, when India did not back down from its stance that a permanent solution be found for food security issues before signing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)...
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