a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of
America -- a revolution that's being fought behind closed doors of corporate
boardrooms and government agencies over the use of genetically modified
organisms in our food.
centuries, women have developed the tools of non-violence. Their expertise
in peacemaking has always been the seedbed for conflict resolution within
families, communities and nations.
"Tell us about it" - learning from women, on cassette
Radio, based in Colorado, USA, has an
excellent collection of radio shows and interviews. Check current listings
for Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Angela Davis, Medea Benjamin and others.
Shiva BIO -
Women & Agriculture"
Multinational corporations are transforming global agriculture. Using the WTO as a wedge, they seek to patent seeds and life forms. Citizens from all over the world are questioning the impact of industrial agriculture and biotechnology on small farmers, the environment, and the quality and safety of food. Perhaps nowhere is resistance to the practices of giant agribusiness as strong as in India, where hundreds of thousands protest and demonstrate. March 16, 2000.
(national broadcast) #VSHI5 "The Recovery of the Commons"
It is almost a given that the industrialized countries, the North, are the epitome of progress and wisdom. The South, the Third World, is a place of backwardness and ignorance, but it does have lots of resources. The North wants to use those resources to continue to enrich itself. Today parts of the South are redefining and challenging conventional notions of growth and development. There is resistance to the destructive effects of transnational corporations and global capitalism and a new awareness of the value of indigenous knowledge and centuries-old diverse agriculture. September 25, 1994.
(national broadcast) #VSHI1 "Women's Power"
In this interview, Vandana Shiva talks about the central role of women in resistance struggles in India and throughout the Third World. David Barsamian: "On the other side of India in Orissa there was also another movement that you write about. The women's slogan is, Soil is our goddess, it's our religion." Vandana Shiva: "A new steel plant is coming up. This really tells the story of the perversion of the global economy. Bethlehem Steel is closing down. U.K. steel mills have closed down. In Gopalpur, Nippon is involved with Tata (an Indian conglomerate) in setting up this new steel plant, for which they have to displace twenty very prosperous villages.
And the women are saying, We will not let you move into our villages. We will not give up our land. The earth is our mother. She has looked after us in this part of the earth, and we are going to die here. Because uprooted from here we would die anyway. They're not allowing either the government or the company to enter, to even start doing the surveys. They have this tremendous direct action. They have a stri shakti watch. Basically the defense committee is run a hundred percent by women."
Interview. April 29, 1997. #VSHI3
Vandana Shiva of India is a leading voice for sustainable development and social justice. A Renaissance-type woman, she's an internationally-renowned physicist, philosopher, social and environmental activist and feminist and a featured speaker at major environmental conferences in the U.S. and around the world. The director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi, she is has pioneered research on biodiversity and indigenous ethnoscience and is perhaps best known for her efforts in behalf of the Chipko anti-deforestation campaign among peasantry of the Himalayan foothills. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Prize) and a leading voice for sustainable development. She is the author of Staying Alive, The Violence of the Green Revolution, Monocultures of the Mind, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Stolen Harvest.