Vandana Shiva

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Vandana Shiva

Intellectual plunder

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Barack Obama on September 30, US and India issued a joint statement: “Agreeing on the need to foster innovation in a manner that promote

Of food, farmers and WTO’s doublespeak

The conflict between “free trade” and food rights came to the fore again at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations in September, when India did not back down from its stance that a permanent solution be found for food security issues before signing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Safety in diversity

We are faced with two crises on a planetary scale — climate change and species extinction. Our current modes of production and consumption, starting with the Industrial Revolution and aggravated by the advent of industrial agriculture, have contributed to both.

Seeds of slavery

On July 22, 2014, an international partnership across India, Africa and the US launched the “One Agriculture-One Science: A Global Education Consortium” initiative aimed at revitalising global agricultural education, capacity building and technology transfer.

The Galileo syndrome?

Speaking at the launch of the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at the Energy and Resources Institute, Union minister of state for environment Prakash Javadekar said: “We have not said no to science. Nobody can say no to science.

Fine print of the food wars

Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.

Band-aids won’t work, find the cure

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said in his Budget speech, “We shall leave no stone unturned in creating a vibrant India.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his policies would be for 125 crore Indians, but most of India has been forgotten in the Union Budget.

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.