Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 17 states in India.

Navdanya has helped set up 111 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.

Navdanya has also set up a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed / Earth University) on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, North India.

Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation and climate change.

Navdanya is a women centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.

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The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes-A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs

We have been repeatedly told that genetically engineered (GE) crops will save the world by increasing yields and producing more food. They will save the world by controlling pests and weeds. They will save the world by reducing chemical use in agriculture. They will save the world with GE drought tolerant seeds and other seed traits that will provide resilience in times of climate change.

However, the GE emperor (Monsanto) has no clothes. All of these claims have been established as false over years of experience all across the world. The Global Citizens Report “The Emperor Has No Clothes” brings together evidence from the ground of Monsanto’s and the industry’s false promises and failed technology.

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The Law of the Seed aims to bring back biodiversity and recognition of farmers' rights, to bring back democratic systems in society to shape laws as well as knowledge.

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1 September – 30 September 2015
Agroecology on Food System - A to Z Course
This workshop will explore the inherent rights of members of the Earth community
Vasundhara: 29th – 30th , October, 2015
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Deconstructing Indian cotton: weather, yields, and suicides
    RESEARCH Environmental Science Europe – Published 17 June 2015 Source: http://www.enveurope.com/content/27/1/12 Andrew Paul Gutierrez12*, Luigi Ponti23, Hans R Herren4, Johann Baumgärtner24 and Peter E Kenmore2 * Corresponding author: Andrew P Gutierrez casas.global@berkeley.edu Author Affiliations 1 College of Natural Resources, University of [...]
  • “Laudato Si” – A 21st century Manifesto for Earth Democracy
    by Dr Vandana Shiva – L’Huffington Post Italia, 19 June 2015 Source [Italian]: http://www.huffingtonpost.it/vandana-shiva/la-laudato-si-manifesto-del-21-secolo-terra_b_7620852.html Most reports of Pope Francis’s Encyclical in the press before the formal launch yesterday reduced this path breaking document with 246 paras on [...]
  • Soil, papered over
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 17 june 2015 Source: http://www.asianage.com/columnists/soil-papered-over-179 The rhetoric for taking over food systems and seed supply is always based on ‘improved seed’. But industrial seeds are only ‘improved’ in the [...]
  • Water and Environmental Justice in India
    Environmental and Food Justice – Students Blogs, 9 June 2015 Developed and moderated by Devon G. Peña, Ph.D. Source: http://ejfood.blogspot.it/2015/06/student-blogs-water-and-environmental.html Moderator’s Note: Here is the first in a series of blog essays prepared by students in my environmental [...]
  • Storm in Maggi’s cup
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 8 June 2015 Source: http://www.asianage.com/columnists/storm-maggi-s-cup-732 “Lead-laden Maggi is a wake-up call. It’s a reminder for the government of its role and responsibility in regulating corporations to ensure that public [...]



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