Based in Delhi, Vandana Shiva promotes the use of indigenous seeds and the diversification of crops. She discourages seeding genetically modified plants. Her work has advocated a major shift in the agricultural system and given her a huge fan base around the world.
"The funny thing is you can eat your way to conservation."
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Biodiversity, a variation in species and ecosystems, is the spice of life. The necessity of this constant difference and change is what maintains resiliency on our planet, and ensures earth’s life forms can survive even disasters.
But as the world continues to expand, and the number of mouths to feed multiplies every day, the threat of declining biodiversity grows. The United Nations (UN) estimates that between 1970 and 2000, the abundance of species dropped by 40%, and continues to decline.
For GreenHero Dr. Vandana Shiva, a disappearance of forests near her hometown in India was her call to wake up. Back in 1991, Vandana founded Navdanya to promote small farmers, to rejuvenate indigenous knowledge and culture, and ultimately to support, protect and grow biodiversity.
With over 34,000 species of plant currently in danger of extinction, Vandana continues to work tirelessly to conserve seeds and to fight against the loss of species in the face of globalization. She’s planting the seed by inspiring others to consider a healthier, more sustainable and bio-diverse food system. You can plant the seed in others too.
“[What] motivates me is the deep love for the earth and her biodiversity and her life processes. I have a passion for life, I don’t take it for granted and every time there is a threat to life I am compelled to act”
- Vandana Shiva
Remember – in the battle to save the planet, you can plant the first seed: Share your story of how you’re planting seeds for change in your community, by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero! Contest details and more information can be found .
• Organize a screening of the documentary Dirt! In your community
• Sow a seed in your Environment Minister, and share it’s progress with your network of friends
• Petition to ban terminator seeds in Canada
• Think about your food choices; buy food that is organic and sustainable
• Donate to Navdanya to continue supporting the fight for the protection of global plant biodiversity
• to Seeds of Survival to help farmers in developing countries
• Write to your Member of Parliament to support Bill C-474 to bring genetic engineering and farms to the political spotlight
• Photograph your hand to petition against geo-engineering experiments
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