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The Militarization of Agriculture and the Primacy of Biodiversity

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 , 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Dr. Vandana Shiva
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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About our Speaker

Indian physicist and philosopher, activist, and ecofeminist pioneer Vandana Shiva will reveal shocking facts about GMOs, the militarization of agriculture, the politics of occupation, and the primacy of biodiversity.

Foot soldiers in the battle against corporate globalization and the privatization of commons like land and water have long been aware of Indian physicist and philosopher Dr. Vandana Shiva. An ecofeminist pioneer, today she is best known as an outspoken opponent of the GMOs (genetically modified organisms) being developed by transnational biotechnology and chemical corporations like Monsanto and Dow.

Shiva disputes the notion that patenting genes and controlling the world's seeds, and thus much of its food supply, will better serve humanity. Biotech companies claim their genetically engineered (GE) crops are able to withstand threats from insects, disease, and man-made pesticides and herbicides while making a serious contribution to feeding an increasingly hungry world. Such claims are straight-up fabrications - lies - according to Shiva. GMOs, she says, destroy the natural web of life, threaten biodiversity and the environment, and are a scourge for human health and society.

Raised by conservation-minded parents (her father was a forest conservator, her mother a farmer) in the foothills of the Himalayas, Shiva earned a PhD in "hidden variables and non-locality in quantum theory," to later branch out from science and academia to environmental activism and helping small farmers in India and around the world save seeds - a practice that puts her in direct conflict with biotech giants who insist their GE seeds are protected by patents.

It was at a biotechnology conference at which Shiva had been invited to speak that a representative from the chemical firm Ciba-Geigy (which later merged with other companies to become biotech giant Syngenta) told her that its goal was to control health and food by the turn of the 21st century. "That's the day I decided I was going to start saving seeds," Shiva says.

Since then Shiva has founded Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic farmers that offers an alternative vision of a GMO-free future (

Shiva is the author of many books, including Water Wars: Pollution, Profits, and Privatization, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, Monocultures of the Mind, and The Violence of the Green Revolution.

As an author, activist, and advocate for the protection of human and earth rights, and a globally respected philosopher famous for articulating the nature of complex human, scientific, ecological, and ethical issues, Shiva addressed the State of the World Forum in San Francisco (1998), the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle (1999), as well as the World Economic Forum in Melbourne, Australia (2000). She has received numerous awards including the 1993 Right Livelihood Award, also called the "alternate Nobel Prize."

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