Why are farmers in India dying?Indian environmental philosopher and advocate of the food sovereignty movement through seed preservation
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A Declaration of Food Sovereignty
India has the tenth most amount of farmland in the world. Yet, CNN reported in 2022 that more than 30 Indian farmers take their lives every day. This alarming statistic is what led Vandana Shiva, a once-promising nuclear physicist, to dive into the food sovereignty movement.
Vandana Shiva attributes this tragedy to the Green Revolution and the introduction of GMO seeds, both of which aimed to increase food production. To protect food sovereignty, she stresses the importance of seed preservation and small-scale ecological agriculture.
In this lecture, Vandana Shiva explains how industrialized agriculture threatens farmers’ livelihoods and how genetically modified organisms destroy the ecosystem. She also introduces various activities of the Navdanya farm, which she runs herself. Additionally, she discusses the concept of ecofeminism, a movement she initiated to counter industrialized agriculture and powerful capitalist forces.
For Vandana Shiva, food is more than just sustenance; it is the source of life, intrinsically connected to nature and the lives of farmers. Shiva’s lecture will lead you to reflect on the significance of agriculture and food in our lives,
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Master’s degree in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph, Canada PhD in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, with a focus on philosophy of physics Right Livelihood Award (1993) John Lennon-Yoko Ono Grant for Peace (2008) Sydney Peace Prize (2010) Founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (1982) Started the Navdanya Initiative for the Conservation of Seed Biodiversity (1991)
Vandana Shiva is an internationally-acclaimed environmental philosopher and activist. She initially studied nuclear physics but shifted her focus to environmental activism after witnessing the devastating effects of industrialized agriculture on Indian farmers. She organized the Chipko movement to oppose multinational companies destroying Indian forests and the Navdanya movement to promote biodiversity awareness in the third world and protect seed sovereignty. Shiva is a steadfast advocate for the rights of farmers, the poor, and women, and plays a leading role in the International Forum on Globalization, the Slow Food movement, and the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology.
Her notable publications include Who Really Feeds the World?, Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of Global Food Supply, and Ecofeminism, among others.
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