Films -- not to miss

"There's 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.

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled GMO products that have quietly filled grocery store shelves over the past decade... THE FUTURE OF FOOD unravels the complex web of market and political forces that are changing the nature of what we eat."

Meet the women behind the film: Deborah Koons Garcia – Director, Writer, Producer, Catherine Lynn Butler – Producer, Vivien Hillgrove – Editor, Sara Maamouri - Associate Producer/Assistant Editor/Narrator, Sara Needham - Associate Producer/Assistant Editor

"The Future of Food was shown over a dozen times as a work in progress in Mendocino County, California before the March 2004 election and was the primary element in passing Measure H which bans the planting of genetically engineered crops in the county. It is the first time U.S. citizens have voted on this very important issue. The California Secretary of Food and Agriculture requested a copy of The Future of Food while he was considering whether to allow the planting of rice genetically engineered with a human gene that creates breast milk and tears. He subsequently vetoed the planting of the GMO rice. All the people who worked on The Future of Food are proud that our efforts have had a real impact in the real world."

Listening to Women

Outer Voices is a multimedia documentary project.

"For 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.

Now more than ever women are speaking out and taking leadership in turning the tide of violent conflict. And now more than ever women around the globe are pioneering new and effective models for grassroots, non-violent activism. Many unique approaches to non-violence are found among women in the traditional cultures of the Pacific Islands and the Asian Pacific Rim—cultures in which notions of economic and cultural sustainability are inherent. However these women are largely unknown in Western circles. Not only are they unable to solicit international support for their own work, but they are unable to share their ideas and models for change with other activists around the world.

Outer Voices is working to change this. It’s time to learn from each other’s example by listening to each other.

Outer Voices is a six-part multi-media project devoted to sharing the stories, strategies, and tools of women peace activists from the traditional cultures of the Pacific Islands and the Asian Pacific Rim. Through collaboration with six women peace activists and their organizations, we are creating a series of six hour long radio broadcasts for airing on public radio, to help bring international attention and support to their work i
nto action."

"Tell us about it" - learning from women, on cassette

Alternative 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.

Here are tapes available on the work of

Vandana Shiva BIO -

"Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature & Knowledge"
Vandana Shiva of India is one of the Third World's most eloquent voices on the environment, women's rights and sustainable development. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi. In this program, she describes the impact that giant agribusiness is having on global food production and the effects intellectual property rights and patents are having on traditional communities.
April 29, 1997.
(national broadcast) #VSHI2

"Democracy and Biodiversity"
Vandana Shiva discusses the corporatization of the rural economy in India and the efforts to resist it. "I have recognized that civil disobedience is a way to create permanent democracy, perennial democracy, a direct democracy. Gandhi's idea of swadeshi, that society should put its own resources and its local capacities to use to meet its needs as a basic element of freedom, the economic pillar of political freedom, is becoming increasingly relevant." Interview. June 20, 1997. #VSHI4

"Globalization, Women & Agriculture"
Much of the Third World is being recolonized under the rubric of free trade. You can't miss the KFCs, Pizza Huts and McDonald's. But there is more to it than that. Multinationals like Monsanto and Cargill have penetrated the agricultural sector. They promise green revolutions and greater yields. As chemical inputs increase, monocultures replace biodiverse crops. In India, farmers are fighting back corporate attempts to patent seeds and herbs. Women are central in the struggle to protect traditional agriculture. They are the seed keepers. April 13, 2000. (national broadcast) #VSHI6

"Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of Global Food"
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


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Vandana Shiva

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.

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