Dr. Vandana Shiva expresses her strong views on hunger in the developing world, and the struggle of small farmers in her native India.
“Ecology is permanent economy”— Sunderlal Bahuguna, environmental activist and active crusader in the Chipko Movement Dr. Vandana Shiva founded the Research for Science, Technology, and Ecology, (RFSTE) organization, inspired by her earlier involvement with the Chipko movement. In 1973, in a mountainous region in the Himalayas, women villagers, in heroic and desperate fashion, clung to [...]
“The world today is made, it is powered by science; and for any man to abdicate an interest in science is to walk with open eyes towards slavery.” —J. Bronowski, Science and Human Values What inspired Jacob Bronowski’s classic science book, Science and Human Values resulted from his visit to Nagasaki in 1945. After witnessing [...]
January 11, 2010 Navdanya, Vandana Shiva’s website, reports even the simplest, most common foods, are rapidly climbing beyond the reach of many. “In 2007 the food price index calculated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) rose by nearly 40 percent, compared with 9 percent the year before, and in the [...]
Lisa H. Weasel is a molecular biologist, an associate professor of biology at Portland State University, and the author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food. This 5-part interview was conducted in February of 2010, and predates last month’s decision by the USDA to deregulate the production of roundup ready alfalfa; the [...]
Considering the importance of the African continent for future food production, and that roughly 70% of its population are subsistence farmers, this is no idle question. But is the future of this region really dependent upon industrial agriculture methods, or is more organic and sustainable farming practices with emphasis on lower input farming the more [...]
Alan Kapuler is well-educated in a formal academic sense, and also from a lifetime of work planting, breeding, and cataloging his vast collection of open pollinated seeds.
David Korten, author, and co-founder of Yes! magazine shares his views on the importance of building local, community-based economies.