Vandana Shiva

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Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist and anti-globalisation author. Based in Delhi, Shiva has written more than 20 books. She is often referred as "Gandhi of grain" for her activism associated with anti-GMO movement in India.

  • In 1991 Shiva launched Navdanya, meaning “Nine Seeds,” or “New Gift” in Hindi. The project, part of RFSTE, strove to combat the growing tendency toward monoculture promoted by large corporations.
  • Navdanya formed over 40 seed banks in India and attempted to educate farmers on the benefits of conserving their unique strains of seed crops. Shiva’s idea was that a decentralized approach to agriculture, based upon a diverse array of locally adapted seeds, would be more likely to weather the vagaries of a changing climate than a system relying on only a few varieties.
  • She anticipated the danger of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement, which allowed for the patenting of life forms and would therefore make it possible for corporations to essentially require farmers to continue to purchase their seeds after local varieties had been eliminated. She spoke out against the agreement at the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. Shiva had launched Diverse Women for Diversity

Participation on Humanity Rising

Day001 Global Summit Establishing The Power Of Women In The World
Day027 Dialogue With Vandana Shiva
Day130 Election Day
HR!Day160 City & Community as Living Systems with Consciousness, Culture & Complex Adaptive Dynamics
HR!Day161 City & Community Governance Principles & Structures That Support Local Conditions
Day162 Cities Rising - Thursday: Generate Ideas To Enable You To Use Tensions in Your City & Community To Best Mutually Serve You Both
HR!Day304 Responding to Code Red for Humanity
Day 351 Mon 11/01/21 Global Regeneration Summit Day 1: What is at Stake for COP 26
Day 354 Thu 11/04/21 Global Regeneration Summit Day 4: Code Red for Health Justice
Day 405 Thu 2/03/22 Over 350,000 farmers in India have committed suicide since 1995. Why?
Day 407 Mon 2/07/22 ENDANGERED - The Sixth Mass Extinction
Day 411 Fri 2/11/22 ENDANGERED V - What’s Next?
Day 579 Thu 11/10/22 COP 27 IV: Vandana Shiva on Biopiracy, Biodiversity and Regenerative Ecology
Day 820 Thu 12/07/23 COP 28 IV: Dialogue with Vandana Shiva

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