Articles by Vandana Shiva

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(Italiano) Vivere nella casa comune
Vandana Shiva | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

Aristotele aveva definito l’”oikonomia” come l’arte di vivere, differenziandola dalla “crematistica”, l’arte di fare soldi. Oggi l’economia, spiega Vandana Shiva, “è diventata solo una brutale macchina da soldi che sta distruggendo le case dei poveri e la nostra casa comune. È diventata una guerra contro le persone e il pianeta… Anche il significato originale di ricchezza è benessere e felicità, non denaro…

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Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food
Dr Vandana Shiva | Independent Science News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

18 Jun 2019 – Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories. Food is life. Food holds the contributions of all beings that make the food web, and it holds the potential of maintaining and regenerating the web of life. Food also holds the potential for health and disease, depending on how it was grown and processed. Food is therefore the living currency of the web of life.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest
Prof. Vandana Shiva – YES! Magazine, 13 May 2019

3 May 2019 – My ecological journey started in the forests of the Himalaya. My father was a forest conservator, and my mother became a farmer after fleeing the tragic partition of India and Pakistan. We need to value nature’s biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature is the best teacher.

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Vandana Shiva on the Smallholder Farmers Who Feed the World
Prof. Vandana Shiva | The Gaia Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

Opening of the We Feed the World exhibition in London, 11 Oct 2018.

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Saving Seeds at Home
Prof. Vandana Shiva | The Growing Club – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

Seed saving is one of the important skills that has been lost of the last century, and Dr. Shiva’s work to preserve heirloom seed varieties, encourage organic farming, and create food sovereignty is some of the most important work of our time. We hope you enjoy this video and will start saving seeds at home yourself.

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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger: Empowering a Life-Destroying Cartel
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Ellen Brown, Nick Meyer and Michael Welch– Global Research, 28 May 2018

20 May 2018 – This merger has implications not only for what goes on our dinner plate. There are questions of economic and political control that need to be addressed. Critics argue that the power of these economic giants is such that they have ‘captured’ regulatory agencies. Limitless financial resources permit these and similar companies to buy off academics, media and politicians.

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Monsanto-Bayer “Combination” – Comments Submitted to Competition Commission of India
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

20 Jan 2018 – I submit my comments and objections to the proposed combination between Bayer and Monsanto. The first part is substantive objections to the Bayer application in the context of the past and potential violations of the Competition Act, 2002. The Second part is my comments on the general impacts of the Bayer Monsanto merger for farmers rights, food security and sovereignty in India and globally.

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Peddling Poisons, Selling Seeds of Suicide
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

24 Nov 2017 – Over two decades Monsanto has violated laws, deceived Indian farmers by making unscientific and fraudulent claims, extracted super profits through illegal royalty collection by violating India’s Patent and Intellectual Property laws, pushed farmers into debt, and, as a consequence of the debt trap, to suicide. It is time to get unshackled from the Seeds of Suicide and pesticides and pesticide deaths. Through Seeds of freedom and Seeds of Hope we can go forward to GMO free Agroecology.

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(Italiano) I big data non indicano niente – se non il disastro
Prof. Vandana Shiva | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

Il nostro cibo e la nostra agricoltura hanno due futuri diversi. Il primo porta in un vicolo cieco. Un pianeta morto. Diffusione di veleni e di monoculture chimiche. Contadini che si suicidano a causa dei debiti per i semi e i prodotti chimici. Bambini che muoiono per mancanza di cibo. Persone che muoiono di malattie croniche che si diffondono a causa di merci senza contenuto nutritivo o addirittura tossiche vendute come cibo. E devastazioni climatiche che spazzano via le condizioni per la vita dell’uomo sulla Terra. Il secondo porta al ringiovanimento del pianeta…

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Big Data Doesn’t Add Up – Except to Disaster
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, 13 Nov 2017

There are two distinct futures for our food and farming. One leads to a dead planet. Poisons and chemical monocultures spreading. Children dying for lack of food. People dying from chronic diseases spreading due to nutritionally empty, toxic commodities sold as food. The second future leads to the rejuvenation of the planet through rejuvenation of biodiversity, soils and water, rejuvenation of small farms, and diverse, healthy, fresh, ecological food for all.

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The Farmers’ Crisis
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

5 Jul 2017 – India’s small farmers produce more diversity, more food and nutrition per acre than farmers in industrialised countries. Even today, they feed more than 1.3 billion people. Then why are Indian farmers committing suicide today? The root cause is the separation of agriculture from nutrition, and from ecology.

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Sowing the Seeds of Earth Democracy in Trump Times: The Planetary Crisis, Responsibilities and Rights
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

5th of June is World Environment Day. Reflections on President Trump abandoning his responsibility to the Earth and the community of nations.

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(Italiano) Seminare il futuro, seminare la libertà – un seme per volta
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

L’umanità si trova di fronte a un bivio della sua evoluzione. Possiamo scegliere la via dell’”Unità” (“Oneness”), consapevoli del nostro essere parte di Un Pianeta, di Una Umanità, e vivere celebrando le nostre molte diversità, interconnesse attraverso legami di compassione, interdipendenza, solidarietà. O…

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Seeding the Future, Seeding Freedom, One Seed at a Time
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

8 Feb 2017 – Humanity stands at an evolutionary crossroad. We can consciously choose the path of Oneness – of our being part of One Planet, One Humanity, living and celebrating our many diversities, interconnected through bonds of compassion, interdependence, and solidarity. Or…

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Ending a Century of Ecocide and Genocide, Seeding Earth Democracy
Prof. Vandana Shiva | Toward Freedom – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Hundreds of People’s Assemblies, being organized everywhere, will make commitments to create a healthy future of food and of the planet. From the People’s Assemblies we will launch a boycott campaign, to liberate our seeds and soils, our communities and societies, our planet and ourselves, from poisons and the rule of the poison cartel.

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Monsanto and the Poisonous Cartel of GMOs in India
Vandana Shiva | EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

11 Sep 2016 – Engaged in litigation on many fronts, Monsanto is trying to subvert India’s patent laws: Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act, Essential Commodities Act and Competition Act. It is behaving as if there is no Parliament, no democracy, no sovereign laws in India to which it is subject. Or it simply doesn’t have any regard for them.

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Genetic Engineering (Part 1): #SCIENCE!
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

19 Aug 2016 – A few weeks ago, global corporate PR decided to #RoundUp 107 Nobel Laureates in a bid to rescue #GoldenRice from its #Fantastic #Failure. Knights of the “pure science”, to the rescue of its Gold– the rice and a few “Scientists” even rising from the grave. Nobel – rooted in the Chemical Industry – has served as the Cathedral of Knowledge.

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Genetic Engineering (Part 2): Cloned Chemical Colonies
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

19 Aug 2016 – The Gaia footprint of chemicals has depressed the life out of our planet. Nature is resilient; when pushed, nature pushes back. Nature evolves. Greed does not. Survival of the fittest?

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Free People from the Standardised Dictatorship of the 0.01%
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2016

Chemical corporations are trying to impose patents on all living organisms… They are trying to destroy our local food systems and replace them with industrial junk food by changing food and health safety as well as bio-safety, through ‘harmonisation’.

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False Promises and Failures of Genetic Engineering: Avoid ‘Miracle’ Rice and Just Eat a Carrot
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

Golden rice is a false miracle. It is a disease of nutritionally empty monocultures offered as a cure for nutritional deficiency. In fact, golden rice, if successful, will be 400% less efficient in providing Vitamin A…

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Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2016

Gene Drives have been called “mutagenic chain reactions”, and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear world. The Guardian describes Gene Drives as the “gene bomb”. Kevin Esvelt of MIT exclaims “a release anywhere is likely to be a release everywhere”, and asks “Do you really have the right to run an experiment where if you screw up, it affects the whole world?”

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The Earth and the People Are Not Inputs to Your Capitalist System
Vandana Shiva interviewed by Ethemcan Turhan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

You have this strange asymmetry today that corporations are globally organised; they are everywhere. They control every government and governments are doing the same thing everywhere. Yet every opportunity is used to prevent citizens from connecting up.

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The Great Seed Piracy
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 27 Jun 2016

16 Jun 2016 – A great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway and it must be stopped. The privateers of today include not just the corporations but also individuals like Bill Gates, the “richest man in the world”. Besides taking control of the seeds of farmers in CGIAR seed banks, Bill Gates (along with the Rockefeller Foundation) is investing heavily in collecting seeds from across the world and storing them in a facility in Svalbard in the Arctic — the ‘doomsday vault’.

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Seeds of Suicide
Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 23 May 2016

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. Patents on seeds are unjust and unjustified. A patent or any intellectual property right is a monopoly granted by society in exchange for benefits. But society has no benefit in toxic, non-renewable seeds.

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Monsanto vs Indian Farmers
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2016

If we believe in democracy, it is imperative that we have the right to choose which technologies are best for our communities, rather than having unaccountable institutions like Monsanto decide for us. Rather than technologies designed for the continued enrichment of a few, we can ground our technology in a hope of a greater harmony between our human communities and the natural world.

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Make Monsanto Pay
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 7 Mar 2016

Herbicide tolerance, which goes hand in hand with Monsanto’s Glyphosate based RoundUp herbicide, has failed across the world at controlling weeds, creating super weeds. Glyphosate, classified by the World Health Organisation as a carcinogen, is already being used across India and we are seeing an explosion of cancers in villages where Glyphosate is used.

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Free Basics: Corporate Freedom to Privatise India’s Basic Economy
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2016

Mark Zuckerberg is in India with ₹100 crore, in pocket change, for advertising. Facebook’s Free Basics is a repackaged internet.org, or in other words, a system where Facebook decides what parts of the internet are important to users.

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COP21: Emissions Gap Must Be Addressed
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 28 Dec 2015

This “emissions gap” cannot be enforced through the Paris agreement. It rests on nations scaling up their commitments to reduce emissions, but most importantly, on citizens’ movements leading the path to a lower GHG pathway, while enhancing climate resilience and human well being. That’s why citizens must push for “liability” in terms of emissions — the principle “polluter pays”.

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Corporate Imperialism – The Only Reason for GMOs
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2015

The Papal Bull of 1493 -Inter Caetera- and the concept of Terra Nullius allowed the Catholic Church, and the Empires of the time, to change the destiny of millions of people and their cultures around the world, by allowing Europe to grab what it wanted from faraway lands. Terra Nullius, Latin, meaning ‘empty lands’ or ‘lands that belong to no one’ was a novel concept.

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West’s ‘Fail-Anthropy’: Agri-Corporations Attempt to Hijack COP21
Dr. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 16 Nov 2015

As we head into the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, agri-corporations are attempting to hijack climate talks once again. Today we are faced with two crises on a planetary scale—climate change and species extinction. Our current modes of production and consumption are contributing to anthropogenic emissions—originating from human activity.

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We Don’t Need Ketchum in Our Mustard
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2015

It saddens me to think that a woman is unable to see the destruction we are causing to the world our children will inherit. I hope, for the sake of Kavin’s child/ren (if any) that the future of food we pick, as humanity, is nourishing, sustainable, equitable, climate mitigating and diverse – a future of food based on Agroecology.

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Pests, Pesticides and Propaganda: The Story of Bt Cotton
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

Bt. crops are a continuation of a non-sustainable strategy for pest control, which, instead of controlling pests, creates new pests and super pests. Monsanto advertised that Bt cotton would not need pesticide sprays, clearly a case of false advertising.

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The Food Dharma
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 14 Sep 2015

The imposition of GMOs violates the dharma of food… Instead of seeing food as the creator, corporations developing GMOs are taking over the role of ‘creator’ through ‘patents’ on life.

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Bija Swaraj Not Bt Raj: The Future Is Organic, Not GMOs
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2015

31 Aug 2015 – Farmers, first of all, are breeders. They might not have the lab coats that have come to define modern plant breeding, but their wisdom, knowledge and contribution is unquestionable. To be able to continue breeding, using their own seed, is their first right, their first freedom and their first duty.

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Myths of the Green Revolution and GMOs
A backgrounder by Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2015

15 Aug 2015 – I wrote a book for the United Nations University titled ‘The Violence of the Green Revolution’, which has been republished by many publishers globally, including the Kentucky University Press. Extracts from the book are available on Google.

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An Agenda for Freedom from Hunger, Malnutrition, Disease and Farmers Suicides
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2015

A message for India’s Independence Day, 14 Aug 2015 – There is no reason why India should face hunger and malnutrition, and why our farmers should commit suicide.

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How Monsanto Wrote and Broke Laws to Enter India
Dr Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2015

21 Jul 2015 – Citizens of the United States are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families despite the fact that 90% of American citizens want GMO labelling on their food. Decades before there was a “debate” over GMOs and Monsanto’s PR and law firms became the busiest of bees, India was introduced to this corrupting, corporate giant that had no respect for the laws of the land.

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Eat Local
Prof. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 20 Jul 2015

14 Jul 2015 – Rebuilding the broken food system, its ecological cycles and the broken links between the city and the countryside means creating food-smart citizens who know what they are eating.

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Soil, Papered Over
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

The rhetoric for taking over food systems and seed supply is always based on ‘improved seed’. But industrial seeds are only ‘improved’ in the context of higher dependence on chemicals, and more control by corporations.

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Storm in Maggi’s Cup
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 15 Jun 2015

Nestlé pulls Maggi — its nutritionally empty noodle snack — from shelves in India. Nestlé’s objective, aligned with every global multinational jockeying for position to control more and more of our food market, is profits — even if that means compromising consumers’ health.

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Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2015

The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions. Industrial agiculture is the biggest contributor to biodiversity erosion as well as to climate change. According to the United Nations, 93% of all plant variety has disappeared over the last 80 years.

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Biodiversity or GMOs: Will the Future of Nutrition Be in Women’s Hands or under Corporate Control?
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2015

Declaration for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015 – Women have been the primary growers of food and nutrition throughout history, but today, food is being taken out of our hands and substituted for toxic commodities controlled by global corporations.

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GMO Corporate Fiction
Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 12 Jan 2015

To claim that by adding one gene a corporation creates the seed and all future generations of that seed is an ontological flaw, a scientific outrage and an ethical violation.

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Bhopal: A metaphor
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 8 Dec 2014

The pattern of double standards, of privatising profits and socialising disaster runs through the pattern of corporate rule being institutionalised since the Bhopal tragedy.

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(Italiano) La crescita economica crea povertà
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 18 Nov 2014

Abbiamo bisogno di creare parametri che vadano oltre il PIL, economie che vadano oltre il supermercato globale, che riscoprano la vera ricchezza e l’autentico benessere. Abbiamo bisogno di ricordare che la vera moneta della vita è la vita stessa.

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Barriers to Sustainable Farming Put Burden on World’s Poor
Prof. Vandana Shiva, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

The conflict between “free trade” and food rights came to the fore again at the WTO negotiations in September [2014], when India did not back down from its stance that a permanent solution be found for food security issues before signing the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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Seeds of Truth: A Response to Michael Specter’s Article in The New Yorker
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Sep 2014

Michael Specter’s piece is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for The New York Times and Bureau Chief in New York for the Washington Post, and clearly is an experienced reporter, would submit such a misleading piece. Or why The New Yorker would allow it to be published as honest reporting, with so many fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality.

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The Galileo Syndrome?
Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 25 Aug 2014

Prakash Javadekar said: ‘Galileo was telling the truth and he was punished.’ Monsanto and its lobbyists are today’s Church. And independent scientists speaking the truth about GMOs and their impact on society, health and environment are today’s Galileos.

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Fine Print of the Food Wars
Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 4 Aug 2014

Creating ‘ownership’ of seed through patents and intellectual property rights and imposing it globally through the WTO, the biotech industry has established a monopoly empire over seed and food.

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We Are the Soil
Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 2 Jun 2014

The claim that the Green Revolution or genetic engineering feeds the world is false. These technologies are monocultures based on chemical inputs, a recipe for killing the life of the soil. We are made up of the same five elements — earth, water, fire, air and space — that constitute the Universe. We are the soil. What we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. And it is no accident that the words “humus” and “humans” have the same roots.

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Marching Against Monsanto Is Marching for Freedom and Democracy
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 May 2014

I send greetings of solidarity for all the people gathered for the March against Monsanto [24 May 2014]. Marching against Monsanto is marching for freedom and democracy, for health and safety, for seed and biodiversity. People often ask me “Why Monsanto”?

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Seeds of Freedom
Vandana Shiva - The Asian Age, 5 May 2014

The jurisprudence of intellectual property rights related to life forms is, in fact, a jurisprudence of ‘Bio Nullius’ — life empty of intelligence. The Earth is defined as dead matter.

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Women Ecowarriors
Prof. Vandana Shiva – Asian Age, 31 Mar 2014

26 Mar 2014 – When it comes to the sustenance of the economy, women act as experts and providers. Even though women’s work in providing sustenance is the most vital activity, a patriarchal economy treats it as non-work.

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How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-Life
Vandana Shiva – The Guardian, 4 Nov 2013

An obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity. But people are not disposable – the value of life lies outside economic development.

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Patenting the Food Supply and the Monopolization of the Biosphere
Dr. Vandana Shiva and James Corbett - Global Research, 28 Oct 2013

As the world begins to digest the implications of intellectual property for online censorship, another IP issue threatens an even more fundamental part of our daily lives: our food supply.

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God, Move Over
Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 3 Jun 2013

GMO today means “god move over”. But genetic engineering in not a game of Lego in which genes can be moved around without any impact on the organism or the environment. It is time to put nature and people back in the technology narrative. It is time to see technology as a tool, and not an end that defines a new fundamentalist religion through which corporations become the new gods.

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Seeds of Suicide
Prof. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 1 Apr 2013

There is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton seed supply — 95 per cent of India’s cotton seed is now controlled by Monsanto. Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.

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Tilling the Soil with Pesticides
Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 18 Mar 2013

The [Indian] ministry of agriculture had organised a conference on Doubling Food Production from February 1-3 [2013]. The “eminent speakers” invited were spin masters of biotechnology industry who claimed to have founded the anti-GMO movement and openly promoted it. Ecological systems of agriculture are based on care, compassion and cooperation. They enhance ecological resilience, diversity, sustainable livelihoods and health. The new paradigm of agriculture creates living economies and living cultures that increase the well-being of all.

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Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women
Vandana Shiva - Yes! Magazine, 18 Feb 2013

There is a connection between the growth of unjust economic policies and the intensification of crimes against women. The Delhi gang rape has triggered a revolution—one that we must sustain. Violence against Women Is As Old As Patriarchy

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(Italiano) La Sicurezza come Libertà
Vandana Shiva – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 18 Feb 2013

Il movimento è la voce delle donne che reclamano il proprio diritto alla sicurezza e alla libertà, attraverso l’opposizione a ogni forma di potere partriarcale e la celebrazione dell’energia e del potere pacifico delle donne.

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Food Poisoning
Prof. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 7 Jan 2013

Food is supposed to provide us nourishment and health but because of the toxins it contains, what we consume has become a major threat to our health. Some toxic substances are added to our food physically, through adulteration, while some enter our food system chemically, through pesticide residues. And some toxins enter the food chain genetically, through genetic engineering of seeds and crops. Even food packaging can be a source of toxins in food.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest
Prof. Vandana Shiva – YES! Magazine, 10 Dec 2012

Today, at a time of multiple crises, we need to move away from thinking of nature as dead matter to valuing her biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature herself will be the best teacher.

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Prop 37, GMOs, Food Sovereignty, and More
Vandana Shiva and Sonali Kolhatkar, Uprising Radio – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2012

A new poll conducted by the University of Southern California and the LA Times has found that Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative, has slipped a whopping 17 points since the last poll in September [2012]. Now, one of the world’s most renowned scientists and environmental activists, Vandana Shiva, is speaking out. Long a thorn in the side of Monsanto, Dr. Shiva has taken on big bio-tech and agribusiness companies in her home country of India and works with farmers groups all over the world to protect their right to farm using their traditional methods and seeds.

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Giant Walmart vs the Small Farmer
Prof. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 22 Oct 2012

Any trader who mediates in the distribution of goods between producers and consumers is a middleman. Walmart is neither a producer nor a consumer. Therefore, it is also a middleman; with global muscle. That is how it has become the world’s biggest retailer, carrying out business of nearly $480 billion… The more the government pushes policies towards monopolies and monocultures, the more committed I become to defend our economic democracy and diversity as a saner, more sustainable, more just alternative to the disease of giganticism.

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Myths about Industrial Agriculture
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2012

Reports trying to create doubts about organic agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. The food revolution is the biggest revolution of our times, and the industry is panicking. So it spins propaganda, hoping that in the footsteps of Goebbels, a lie told a hundred times will become the truth. But food is different.

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Designing Food Systems to Protect Nature and Get Rid of Hunger
Vandana Shiva – Al Jazeera, 10 Sep 2012

Industrialisation of agriculture creates hunger and malnutrition, destroying the food web to which we all belong. 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.

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(Italian) Rio+20: La Grande Inversione a U
Vandana Shiva – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 9 Jul 2012

Rio de Janeiro è una città di inversioni a U. Il segnale stradale più frequente è “Retorno”, inversione. E Rio+20 ha seguito quello schema. E’ stato una grande inversione a U in termini di responsabilità umana di proteggere i processi che proteggono la vita sul pianeta.

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Eco Warriors, Arise to Rio’s Earth Summit!
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2012

A paradigm shift is desperately needed. And it will not come from those who have created the crisis and who are looking for new ways to extend the life of the greed economy by commodifying and privatising all life on earth. They will come to Rio+20 to paint the “greed economy” green, and call it the “green economy”. And they will have powerful governments on their side.

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The Politics of Science and Democracy in India
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2012

In an interview with the journal Science, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh chose to focus on two hazardous technologies – genetically engineered seeds and crops, and nuclear power – as vital to the progress of science in India and the “salvation for finding new development pathways for developing our economy”. He also identified NGOs as blocking this “development”, and said “foreign hands” were at work. The prime minister’s interview saddened me.

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The Seed Emergency: The Threat to Food and Democracy
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2012

Patenting seeds has led to a farming and food crisis – and huge profits for US biotechnology corporations. The seed is the first link in the food chain – and seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seeds or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve and exchange, they have no seed sovereignty – and consequently no food sovereignty. The deepening agrarian and food crisis has its roots in changes in the seed supply system, and the erosion of seed diversity and seed sovereignty.

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No Therapy in Retail
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2012

Firstly, rising prices are driven by the commodification of food and speculation on food commodities. Industrialisation and globalisation of food and agriculture has transformed food from a source of life into a commodity, and as a commodity, food is divorced from its sources – the seeds, the soil, the farmer – and from its end use as nourishment for our bodies.

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(Castellano) Es Hora de Parar la Guerra Contra la Tierra
Prof. Vandana Shiva – TeleSur, 5 Dec 2011

Un puñado de empresas y de potencias busca controlar los recursos de la Tierra y transformar el planeta en un supermercado en el que todo está en venta. Quieren vender nuestra agua, genes, células, órganos, conocimientos, culturas y nuestro futuro.

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The Lies of Free Market Democracy
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2011

Freedom in our times has been sold as “free market democracy”. “Free markets” mean freedom for corporations to exploit whom and what they want, where they want, how they want. It means the end of freedom for people and nature everywhere. “Free market democracy” is in fact an oxymoron which has deluded us into believing that deregulation of corporations means freedom for us.

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Resisting the Corporate Theft of Seeds
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2011

But the biggest threat we face is the control of seed and food moving out of the hands of farmers and communities and into a few corporate hands. Monopoly control of cottonseed and the introduction of genetically engineered Bt cotton has already given rise to an epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India.

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(Italian) Il Grande Furto Dei Semi
Vandana Shiva – Come Don Chisciotte, 5 Sep 2011

Il seme, la fonte della vita, l’incarnazione della nostra diversità biologica e culturale, il collegamento tra il passato e il futuro dell’evoluzione, la proprietà comune del passato, delle generazioni passate, presenti e future delle comunità agricole che sono state le produttrici di semi, oggi è stata derubata ai contadini e ci viene rivenduta come semi “di proprietà” da multinazionali come Monsanto.

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The Great Land Grab: India’s War on Farmers
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2011

Land, for most people in the world, is Terra Madre, Mother Earth, Bhoomi, Dharti Ma. The land is people’s identity; it is the ground of culture and economy. The bond with the land is a bond with Bhoomi, our Earth; 75 per cent of the people in the Third World live on the land and are supported by the land. The Earth is the biggest employer on the planet: 75 per cent of the wealth of the people of the global south is in land.

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Climate Change and Agriculture: Biodiverse Ecological Farming is the Answer, not Genetic Engineering
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2011

The claim to increased yield is false because yield, like climate resilience is a multi–genetic trait. Introducing toxins into a plant through herbicide resistance or Bt. Toxin increases the “yield” of toxins, not of food or nutrition. Even the nutrition argument is manipulated. Golden rice genetically engineered to increase Vitamin A produces 70 times less Vitamin A than available alternatives such as coriander leaves and curry leaves.

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Time to End War against the Earth
Vandana Shiva – The Age, 15 Nov 2010

When we think of wars in our times, our minds turn to Iraq and Afghanistan. But the bigger war is the war against the planet. This war has its roots in an economy that fails to respect ecological and ethical limits – limits to inequality, limits to injustice, limits to greed and economic concentration. A handful of corporations and of powerful countries seeks to control the earth’s resources and transform the planet into a supermarket in which everything is for sale. They want to sell our water, genes, cells, organs, knowledge, cultures and future.

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Resisting Hegemony
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2010

Excerpt of TRANSCEND member Prof. Vandana Shiva speaking about ‘food and seed sovereignty’ at the International Meeting on Resisting Hegemony held 2-5 August 2010 in Penang, Malaysia.

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The Killing Fields of Multi-National Corporations
Vandana Shiva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2010

Pesticides, Pollution and the Economies of Genocide. The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever.

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