Vandana Shiva: We learn from the seed…


…the first thing we do here on the farm is save seeds… more than 1,500 varieties, and we grow them out for the future. It is also a place where farmers come to get seeds.

In addition, it is an organic farm, an ecological farm. It was a desert when we started. As we have practiced organic farming the soil is alive, the pollinators have come back… it has bacome a biodiversity sanctuary…

Our research shows that ecological systems can produce 2 to 5 times more food per acre than the industrial monocultures… the the lie of industrial farming, the lie of genetic engineering has been put to rest by the loving practices of this farm…

We learn from the seed, renewal… we learn from the seed, generosity… we learn from the seed multiplicity… we learn from the seed diversity…

The emergency of saving seeds is because seed has now been appropriated and colonized. Corporations have declared it is their intellectual property. And the only way they can get intellectual property is by modifying and mutilating through genetic engineering… we have to defend life, we have to defend freedom,  and that’s why we save seeds…

I have hope, because I have deep trust in the earth… she is more resilient than all actions. I have deep trust in people and the irrepressible urge for freedom and happiness…
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Thank you so much for posting this interview with our great heroine. I nominate her talk to replace the Pledge Of Allegiance and inspire the curriculum in all our schools, so that by the time our children are eight-years-old, they can recite Vandana’s entire talk and have a good working knowledge of what her words mean, by the time our children graduate from high school they are experienced organic gardeners and craftspeople, fully and deeply committed to living regenerative ecologically responsible materially minimalist lives.

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