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Vandana Shiva: The Future of Food-Part 3

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Bringing the people behind our food to life. To me organic farming is the beginning of learning once again what nature can do for us. Industrial farming was attempt to make us believe these is nothing like fertile soil. Soil is container into which you put: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. There is nothing like a living seed. Seed is manufactured commodity coming out of labs with patent liked to it. And beside empty soil and empty seed.. food continue to grow to leaser total collapse just like in banking system. We have artificial instruments of fictitious finance overriding the real economy till it all collapsed in Wall street in September 2008. And everyone is still struggling to deal with that consequences of that crash. But consequences of the crash of fictions in agriculture are even more serious. Because after all finance is finance, its not life. But seed is life, food is life. And soil is life.Organic farmers relink to the soil and learn the real origins of soil fertility. In the millions of microbes that make soil fertility. A good organic farmer must start looking for right planting material. And that the miracle of the seed. And I increasingly respect the organic movement. Which is why I said if I was 18-old today, I will not go into physics, I would go into a organic farmer. I'm an organic. I've build organic movement in India, but its 18-old today I will choose to be organic farmer. Because organic farmer is best scientist of today, because to having actually understand how nature works in order to produce. They are the best health specialist of today. Because they are giving us the food, that gives us health. Its not hospitals that give us health. Hospitals increasingly giving us disease. An organic farmer is the best tour of the land and best ecologist. And I'm increasingly feeling an organic farmer is the best peacemaker of today. Because there is more violence, more death, more destruction and more wars through violent industrial agriculture system. And to shift away from that into agriculture of peace, is what organic farming is doing. Tell me what individuals can do? I think individuals can do, and individuals are doing is recognizing that the food we eat come somewhere from soil, come somewhere from seed, come somewhere from the loving efforts of a farmer. To recognize those links and to make those connections is vital. I think that second very very important thing is everyone is eater, you eat two meals a day, thee meals a day, you snack your life. You're way through life. What ever you do for food you eat. And food is not just a commodity in Cargill container ships. Food is future of our blood, our cells and bones. And I think we have to relate back to food as the future of our bodies. Therefore every time we eat we have to recognize the vitality of food, the sacredness of food and link back through that into how food is grown. The only way we will really know how food is grown is if we have a neighbor who is organic grower. With whom we link. It means a effort, but that tiny bit of effort means security overall. A careless walking down Wall Mart isle where you don't know where the food is coming from, whats in it. Is going to condemn you on all kinds of health problems, disease problems, but most importantly its going to rob you of fundamental freedom. Before you know it. You will not able to make a choice. You'll be able to eat 70 products of GMO soy all of it coming from Monsanto seeds. All of it traded by one Cargill, when you want something else it wont be available to you. So every days act of eating is an act of creating freedom. And doing it consciously, doing it with choice has to be something we construct. As Gandhi said: "We have to be the change we want to see." And then we have to drive the governments to shape the policy's that make it easy and everything. Today's policy's going in opposite directions and therefore ordinary people have to shape the world. In today's time. But you're seeing hope? I see tremendous hope. First of all I see hope in the seed. And that's why for me the seed is my teacher. There is wonderful poem that capture it in Palestine said: "You can drop on my villages, you can destroy all my books, you can rob us of our culture, and you can create landscape there a no bird, no insects, nothing can hide. But I do not despair ever. I have a hope. Because I saved one seed that I will plant and grow again." And that power of the seed is the beginning of hope. But the seed is not just a biological material that give us a tree or a crop. The seed is metaphor of everything that grows. The seed of an idea, the seed of liberation, the seed of freedom, the seed of democracy. For us seeds become all of this. And I'm in the period of deep hope, because I think when destruction, constrains and dictatorship is not to intense.People do not sense it. Its a bit like that frog. When you increase temperature little by little, and like frogs we get burnt to death. But when its a huge leap in temperature frogs jump out. The corporate greed is creating huge leap in the temperature of control. And people are now sensing it. And that is why I have huge hope that human beings like the frog are going jump out of this dictatorship and create new freedom.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 40 seconds
Year: 2009
Country: India
Language: English
Views: 158
Posted by: nave on Jun 14, 2010

Dr. Vandana Shiva founded the Research for Science, Technology, and Ecology, (RFSTE) organization, inspired by her earlier involvement with the Chipko movement. In 1973, in a mountainous region in the Himalayas, women villagers, in heroic and desperate fashion, clung to the body of trees to protest against their forest being decimated by contractors for the States Forest Department. The entire ecology of the region, and thus the local economy of these villagers, depended upon preserving the integrity of their forest. The eventual success of this self-organized environmental movement to protect their own natural resources from exploitation, became a (non-violent) model for future environmental activism throughout the world.

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