Vandana Shiva, a global character in the Eco-feminist movement
June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
People who inspire us!
Vandana Shiva, like previous characters in our section ‘People who inspire us!’, is a versatile person. She was born in Dehra Dun (India) sixty years ago and she has developed her professional career as scientist, philosopher, writer, environmental activist and eco feminist.
At Bloomtrigger we admire her because her passion to take care of the environment and the people most in need in society. Vandana is one of the most important global characters in the Eco-feminist movement and especially influential in India. She advocates against the prevalent “patriarchal logic of exclusion” and suggests that a more sustainable and productive approach to agriculture can be achieved through reinstating a system of farming in India that is more centered on engaging women.
In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led a national movement to promote organic farming and fair trade and protect the diversity of living resources.
She is also the founder of Navdanya International, an organisation who was born out of a vision of peace and non-violence and whose aim is to defend and protect nature and the rights of people to access to food and water and dignified jobs and livelihoods.
Her career is full of recognitions; 1993 was probably the most important in terms of awards as she received the Rights Livelihood Award – also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ – the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations. However, since then her career has been recognised with many other important awards.
She is author of many books and from this blog we would like to recommend reading the following titles:
– Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.
– Water Wars.
– Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability and Peace.
– Soil not oil.
– Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development.
To conclude this little tribute to Vandana Shiva’s work we would like you to read this quote from her about how industrialized farming is affecting the environment: “Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health. The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate. Farmers can no longer carry the burden of debt, which is inevitable in industrial farming with its high costs of production. It is incapable of producing safe, culturally appropriate, tasty, quality food. And it is incapable of producing enough food for all because it is wasteful of land, water and energy. Industrial agriculture uses ten times more energy than it produces. It is thus ten times less efficient.”