Vandana Shiva: We Don’t Need Genetically Engineered Bananas For Iron Deficiency

The latest insanity from the genetic engineers is to push GMO bananas on India for reducing iron deficiency in Indian women. Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity, rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency results from destroying biodiversity, and with it rich sources of nutrition. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical Read more…

Vandana Shiva: Violent Economic “Reforms”, and the Growing Violence against Women

Today the brave and courageous survivor of the Delhi gang rape breathed her last. This blog is a tribute to her and other victims of violence against women. Violence against women is as old as patriarchy. But it has intensified and become more pervasive in the recent past. It has taken on more brutal forms, Read more…

Vandana Shiva: GMOs, Seed Wars, and Knowledge Wars

The only reason crops have been genetically engineered is to take patents on seeds, and collect royalties. If during colonialism the concept of Terra Nullius, empty land, allowed the takeover of land and territories by the colonizer, a new concept of Bio Nullius, empty life, is being used to claim “intellectual property rights” on seeds, Read more…

Vandana Shiva: Myths About Industrial Agriculture

Reports trying to create doubts about Organic Agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, people are fed up of the corporate assault of toxics and GMOs. Secondly people are turning to organic agriculture and organic food as a way to end the toxic war against the Earth and our Read more…

Vandana Shiva: Designing Food Systems To Protect Nature And Get Rid Of Hunger

Hunger and malnutrition is manmade. It is in the design of the industrial chemical model of agriculture. And just as hunger has been created by design, producing healthy and nutritious food for all can be designed through food democracy.   That is what we do in Navdanya. That is what the diverse movements for food sovereignty Read more…

Vandana Shiva: 20 Years After the Earth Summit: What Does the Future Hold

In June 2012, movements and leaders will meet in Rio for Rio+20, 20 years after the Earth Summit was organized in 1992 to address urgent ecological challenges such as species extinction, Biodiversity erosion, and Climate Change. The Earth Summit gave us two very significant international environmental laws, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Read more…

Vandana Shiva: Science and Democracy

In an interview to the journal Science, the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh, chose to focus on two hazardous technologies – genetically engineered seeds and crops in agriculture and nuclear power – as vital to the progress of science in India, and the “salvation for finding new development pathways for developing our economy”. Read more…

Vandana Shiva: Imposed Austerity vs Chosen Simplicity: Who Will Pay For Which Adjustments?

The world is in ecological and economic meltdown. Ecological limits and limits set by human dignity and human equality are being ruthlessly violated. Adjustment is an imperative. However, there are vital ways that differentiate the adjustment by the rich and powerful and the processes of adjustment demanded by the popular will of people everywhere. The Read more…

Vandana Shiva: No Therapy in Retail

In November 2011, when the UPA government announced in Parliament that it had cleared the entry of big retail chains like Wal-Mart and Tesco into India through 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, it justified the decision saying that FDI in retail will boost food security and benefit farmers’ livelihoods. But the assurance that Read more…

Vandana Shiva: The 99 Percent

On May 15, 2011, young people occupied the squares of the cities in Spain. They called themselves the “Indignados” — the indignant. I met them in Madrid where I was attending the meeting of the scientific committee that advises the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Their declaration states: “Who are we? We are Read more…

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