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VANDANA SHIVA The Future of Food

VANDANA SHIVA was one of TIME magazine’s ‘Heroes for the Green Century’ in 2002. She believes that the food issue lends itself to local activism in our time, in part because it involves such a strong mutuality of interest between producer and consumer. The small producers want to survive and urban consumers want healthful, tasty, and uncontaminated food. From being active in the Chipko movement in her native India in the 1970s she has supported people’s movements such as Via Campesina and the World Social Forums which favour food sovereignty. This is a policy framework where local communities define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces. She is the vicepresident of Slow Food International, and her books include Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge; Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; and Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity. www.navdanya.org

- Text of Vandana Shiva's talk 
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