Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Shiva is inspiring individuals, groups, states, nations, and global organizations to protect organic seeds, our health and freedom, and traditional farmers. She sees urban farms now as the greatest revolution and says that the scale doesn't matter. It is the principle. Saving just one seed counts!
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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 and author of 20 books including:
Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace
Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply Earth
Dr. 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.
Dr. Shiva was trained as a quantum physicist. Now, she is known around the world for her defense of organic seeds, traditional farmers, our survival, and the rights of the Earth. She sees it as her "dharma" (duty) to protect the biodiversity of organic seeds, our health and freedom as well as to ensure the continuity of life on Earth. Dr. Shiva gives talks in countries on every continent. She is an inspiration for many because of her quiet strength, peace, joy, vision, articulateness, and courage.
Mahatma Ghandi's defiance of the unjust laws of the British Empire through his commitment to gathering salt and his spinning wheel are Dr. Shiva's inspiration for saving seeds. Satyagraha (Sanskrit: सत्याग्रह) is translated as "insistence on truth" (satya "truth"; agraha "insistence" or "holding firmly to") or holding onto truth or truth force — is a particular form of nonviolent resistance or civil disobedience.
Dr. Shiva says: "Over the past three decades, I have tried to be the change I want to see. When I found that dominant science and technology served the interests of the powerful, I left academics to found the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, a public interest research organisation. When I found global corporations wanted to patent seeds, crops, or life forms, I started Navdanya to protect biodiversity, defend farmers' rights and promote organic farming."