F I E L D T R I P ! OccupyForum has tix left!
Monday, October 20th at 7:30 pm
at the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
near Downtown Berkeley BART
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The Rights of Mother Earth
Vandana Shiva is an internationally esteemed Indian environmental and anti-globalization activist. Trained as a physicist, she received an Integrated M.Sc.Honours Degree in Particle Physics from the University of Punjab prior to earning a PhD in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Western Ontario. In 1987 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, and the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. For the past two decades Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations. Vandana Shiva has steadily fought for change in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering, all fields in which she has contributed both intellectually and through grassroots campaigns.
Join KPFA and Global Exchange for an evening with renowned environmental activist and anti-globalization author, Dr. Vandana Shiva. Shiva will speak on the Rights of Nature – a global movement working to establish legal standing for the environment in law. From promoting food sovereignty in India, to challenging global corporations destroying local economies, to authoring more than 20 advocacy books, Dr. Shiva consistently speaks on the critical issues of our time, with a vision for a better future.
More than half of the world’s commercialized seeds are in the hands of just three companies – Monsanto, Dupont, and Syngenta.
The hybrid seeds these companies promote are bred in a way that future generations of seed are unable to maintain the same qualities of the hybrid seed.
As a result, farmers develop a dependency on the seeds and must re-purchase them after each growing cycle if they want production to remain stable.
Hybrid crops can require more chemical inputs and water than traditional varieties.
Fortunately, organizations such as Navdanya, La Via Campesina, andETC Group are advocating on behalf of farmers
to promote farmer sovereignty through the development of local seed-saving and sustainable agricultural initiatives.
Saving seeds helps contribute to food security by securing the accessibility of safe, nutritious food through community seed banks.
These seed banks facilitate greater sharing among farmers and promote greater economic stability.
Community seed saving also supports local adaptive capacity by helping to conserve indigenous knowledge and culture.
Farmers are more easily able to adjust to changing weather conditions due to centuries of careful seed selection and breeding.
Traditional seeds are thus more genetically diverse and environmentally resilient, which can better prepare communities for an unpredictable and changing climate.
Most importantly, “Seed saving gives farmers life,” according to activistVandana Shiva. According to Shiva, the increased poverty and indebtedness that results from dependency on seed corporations like Monsanto led to the farmer suicide tragedies in India. Seed saving can empower small farmers to regain sovereignty and independence so they can take control over their own futures and the futures of their families.
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Hosted by Carleen Pickard of Global Exchange
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or Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books
SF: Modern Times, $20 door Benefits KPFA, GX & Navdanya
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON RIGHTS OF NATURE: