Scientist, philosopher, and activist Vandana Shiva “has been called a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds.”
Born in India and currently based in Delhi, Shiva previously fought Coca-Cola’s efforts to privatize water rights in India.
Now she’s taking on Monsanto, whose genetically modified seeds were a disastrous failure on the Indian subcontinent and bankrupted thousands of farmers—some of whom even committed suicide as a result of their economic ruin.
In 1991 Shiva founded Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India who advocate for the rights of small farmers. She also is a leading advocate for ecofeminism, suggesting that a more woman-centric agricultural system would be more sustainable and productive.
Navdanya is a women centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.
Why does she do it? “You do not have to measure the fruit of your actions,” she says. “You have to measure the obligation of your actions. You have to find out what’s the right thing to do. That is your duty. Whether you win or lose is not the issue.”