Dr. Vandana Shiva brings her message of seed-freedom and food democracy to Sydney
On Friday the 20th of February Vandana Shiva, scientist, eco-feminist, author and all round superwoman, arrived in Sydney for a series of talks and events, organised by the GM Free Australia Alliance, to spread the message of seed-freedom and food democracy. The Digital Storytellers team were lucky enough to be invited along to capture the story of her visit and to hopefully spread her message even further.
My own introduction to Dr. Vandana Shiva’s work happened while I was living in Bhutan – the tiny Himalayan Kingdom nestled high up in the mountains between Tibet, Nepal and India. Back in 2011, I somehow found myself there working on a paper about the Future of Food in this majestic country. I heard she was coming to Samdrup Jongkhar – a remote village in the Bhutan where she would be sharing organic farming techniques with local farmers. During the few days that she was there she managed to persuade sceptical farmers to embrace chemical-free methods of farming and put Bhutan on the path towards becoming the world’s first totally organic nation.
So when I heard she was coming to Australia I was excited and intrigued about what she would have to say about our food future here in Australia, particularly in the wake of the recent case of the discussions about Hepatitis A being caused by imported berries in Australia.
Again, I was totally inspired by this amazing woman’s work advocating for consumers and even governments to be more conscious about their food choices and to fight back against the industrialised food industry.
Watch the videos of her visit to hear what Shiva had to say about the future of our food and to find out what you can do to join the movement!
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