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While the world moves towards increasing homogeneity, persisting in the cause of food diversity is Dr. Vandana Shiva, who calls herself an “eco-feminist”.
Trained as a physicist and ecologist, Dr. Vandana Shiva continues to be a voice advocating for the cause of diversity in food production and warning of the dangers of relying on big businesses for seeds and other inputs. Among her most famous quotes, “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.”
Navdanya, the non-profit organization founded by her works to support small farms across India with resources for continuing time-tested traditional agricultural methods that are organic and sustainable. It also functions as a seed bank, to prevent indigenous plant varieties from dying out. She has been awarded the Right Livelihood prize for her work.
Why we find Dr.Vandana Shiva inspiring:
– Because she has the conviction of her cause and persists despite criticism from many quarters
– Because she advocates the cause of women, which is so closely related to agricultural livelihoods and food security
– Because her work has inspired many others to work in the field of ecology
– Because she has written inspiring books such as Stolen Harvest and Water Wars, must reads for anyone interested in the future of the earth and its people.
An interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva
An excerpt from Water Wars
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