Scientist, philosopher, and activist Vandana Shiva â€œhas been called a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds.â€
Born in India and currently based in Delhi, Shiva previously fought Coca-Colaâ€™s efforts to privatize water rights in India.
Now sheâ€™s taking on Monsanto, whose genetically modified seeds were a disastrous failure on the Indian subcontinent and bankrupted thousands of farmersâ€”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? â€œYou do not have to measure the fruit of your actions,â€ she says. â€œYou have to measure the obligation of your actions. You have to find out whatâ€™s the right thing to do. That is your duty. Whether you win or lose is not the issue.â€