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Vandana Shiva

Birthdate: 5. November 1952

Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than twenty books.

She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization , and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her interview in the book Vedic Ecology that draws upon India's Vedic heritage. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, and numerous other prizes.

„In nature's economy the currency is not money, it is life.“

—  Vandana Shiva

Source: Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

„When Bill Gates pours money into Africa for feeding the poor in Africa and preventing famine, he’s pushing the failed Green Revolution, he’s pushing chemicals, pushing GMOs, pushing patterns.“

—  Vandana Shiva

On Bill Gate's philanthropic activities, from " Bill Gates is continuing the work of Monsanto, Vandana Shiva tells France24 https://www.france24.com/en/20191023-bill-gates-is-continuing-the-work-of-monsanto-vandana-shiva-tells-france-24-1" France24 (23 October 2019)

„I believe Gandhi is the only person who knew about real democracy — not democracy as the right to go and buy what you want, but democracy as the responsibility to be accountable to everyone around you.“

—  Vandana Shiva

As quoted in " In the Footsteps of Gandhi: An Interview with Vandana Shiva http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/shiva.html" by Scott London
Context: I believe Gandhi is the only person who knew about real democracy — not democracy as the right to go and buy what you want, but democracy as the responsibility to be accountable to everyone around you. Democracy begins with freedom from hunger, freedom from unemployment, freedom from fear, and freedom from hatred. To me, those are the real freedoms on the basis of which good human societies are based.

„Biopiracy (is) biological theft; illegal collection of indigenous plants by corporations who patent them for their own use.“

—  Vandana Shiva

On biopiracy, from the booklet " No Patents on Seeds: A Handbook For Activists https://books.google.co.in/books/about/No_Patents_on_Seeds_a_Handbook_for_Activ.html?id=F0mftgAACAAJ&redir_esc=y" (2005)

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„Earth Democracy connects people in circles of care, cooperation, and compassion instead of dividing them through competition and conflict, fear and hatred.“

—  Vandana Shiva

From the book " Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace https://books.google.co.in/books?id=iQzwwzBYGDkC&pg=PA11&lpg=PA11&dq=Earth+Democracy+connects+people+in+circles+of+care,+cooperation,+and+compassion+instead+of+dividing+them+through+competition+and+conflict,+fear+and+hatred.&source=bl&ots=ripjK7ckDs&sig=W1_86jEtUK7OfIyvDWhLeSxbIgk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAGoVChMIzOTt6eTDyAIVSCOOCh0SCg2u#v=onepage&q&f=false" (2005), p. 11

„If you look at the graph of the growth of G. M. O. s, the growth of application of glyphosate and autism, it’s literally a one-to-one correspondence. And you could make that graph for kidney failure, you could make that graph for diabetes, you could make that graph even for Alzheimer’s.“

—  Vandana Shiva

On the correlation of autism, kidney failure, diabetes and Alzheimer's with GMOs and glyphosate, as quoted in " Seeds of Doubt http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/25/seeds-of-doubt" by Michael Specter, The New Yorker (25 August 2014)

„The gradual spread of sterility in seeding plants would result in a global catastrophe that could eventually wipe out higher life forms, including humans, from the planet.“

—  Vandana Shiva

On the terminator gene, from the book " Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply https://books.google.co.in/books?id=yVn_OlBeDqoC&lpg=PA83&ots=mMupgiFh0t&dq=the%20terminator%20may%20spread%20to%20surrounding%20food%20crops%20or%20the%20natural%20environment%20is%20a%20serious%20one.%20The%20gradual%20spread%20of%20sterility%20in%20seeding%20plants%20would%20result%20in%20a%20global%20catastrophe%20that%20could%20eventually%20wipe%20out%20higher%20life%20forms%2C%20including%20humans%2C%20from%20the%20planet%E2%80%9D.&pg=PA83#v=onepage&q&f=false" (2001), p.83

„When you call somebody a fraud, that suggests the person knows she is lying. I don’t think Vandana Shiva necessarily knows that. But she is blinded by her ideology and her political beliefs. That is why she is so effective and so dangerous.“

—  Vandana Shiva

Mark Lynas, journalist and environmental activist, as quoted in " Seeds of Doubt http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/25/seeds-of-doubt" by Michael Specter, The New Yorker (25 August 2014)

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