Dr. Vandana Shiva on the Emancipation of Seed, Water and Women ⌠ENCORE⌡ /118

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In honor and anticipation of Lightning in a Bottle 2019, For The Wild is re-releasing one of our favorite episodes from our archive, “Vandana Shiva on the Emancipation of Seed, Water, and Women.” This week, Ayana will join Dr. Vandana Shiva and Paul Stamets as panelists at Lightning in a Bottle. Additionally, For The Wild will screen When Old Growth Ends and Ayana will present on “Wild Revolution” at LIB.

“What is called agriculture today is not agriculture, it is not the culture of the soil, it is not a culture of the land, it is the culture of oil and fossil fuels…” Dr. Vandana Shiva begins this episode by reminding us of the constructs our world is growing within. Many of us remain trapped in the “monoculture of the mind” while contributing to our destruction. We must broaden our understanding and acknowledge that we can create biodiversity while feeding the world and we can work towards addressing climate change while fostering biodiversity, these pursuits are not mutually exclusive.

By refusing to look at the creativity of nature, by refusing to look at the intelligence of women, violent systems were made to look like absolute creators…
— Dr. Vandana Shiva / Episode 118
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Dr. Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization. Dr. Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author of many books, including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply and Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge. Before becoming an activist, she was one of India’s leading Physicists.

This conversation extends far beyond the realms of biodiversity and agriculture. Dr. Shiva explores how systems of domination have been artificially constructed, the pervasiveness of GMOs in our food, the roots of violent agriculture, the importance of seed saving, cultures of violence, economies of care, and the role of women in changing paradigms.

♫ Music by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Tracy Chapman, and Hemant Chauhan

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To learn more about seed saving, visit SeedSavers.org.

More information about Lightning in a Bottle 2019 can be found here.

Learn about Ayana’s presentation “Wild Revolution” at Lightning in a Bottle, here.


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At For The Wild, we discuss the critical ideas of our time and parlay them into action for the defense and regeneration of natural communities. Key topics include the rediscovery of wild nature, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the trauma of individualistic society. We will travel deep into ancient forests, align with the struggles and ways of Earth-based people, and rekindle the mysteries of intuition. We will join today’s brightest visionaries in this momentous work of reimagining a world where humanity can find its way back into the web of life.

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