Vandana Shiva Visits
In February Dr. Vandana Shiva, scientist, eco-feminist and author, will be speaking about 'Preserving seed integrity and food sovereignty' at different venues around the country. For venues check out: http://www.foodconference.co.nz/
"If they control seed, they control food. They know it. It's strategic. It's more powerful than bombs, it's more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world." ~ Vandana Shiva
14th - 15th Feb 2015 in Wellington / 16th - 17th Feb in Hawkes Bay / 19th - 20th in Auckland
Seed is the first link in the food chain and is the ultimate symbol of food security.
Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist. In 1982 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which is dedicated to high quality independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds promoting organic farming and fair trade. For last two decades Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations serving more than 200,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in conservation of more than 2000 rice varieties and have established 34 seed banks in 13 states across the country. More than 70,000 farmers are members Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food.
She is a strong advocate for women’s equality in global policy and the empowerment of women in rural agriculture. Her books ‘The Violence of Green Revolution’ and ‘Monocultures of the Mind’ have challenged the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, reductionist agricultural practices. She is an adviser to governments and political organisations and is working with the government of Bhutan to become the first Dr. Shiva is a founding Board member of many important organizations such as the International Forum on Globalisation and Diverse Women for Diversity. Time Magazine identified her as an environmental hero in 2003. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993 and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize.
Dr. Shiva is the author of numerous publications these are the most recent-
- Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water and Life Forms Women Unlimited, New Delhi
- Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, South End Press
- Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed, editor, South End Press
- Democratizing Biology: Reinventing Biology from a Feminist, Ecological and Third World Perspective, author, Paradigm Publishers
- Soil Not Oil, Spinifex Press
- Staying Alive, Spinifex Press
- Making Peace with the Earth, Spinifex Press