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 18 states in India.

Navdanya has helped set up 122 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.

"Navdanya launches The Global Citizens' Report for Seed Freedom."

 
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Courses in 2015-16


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

  • Stemming the Tide Together: Soil, Not Oil
    By Dr Vandana Shiva and Nnimmo Bassey – Nnimmo’s Reflections, 27 July 2015 Source: http://nnimmo.blogspot.com/2015/07/stemming-tide-together-soil-not-oil.html Statement by Vandana Shiva and Nnimmo Bassey at a Media briefing held on 27 July 2015 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, [...]
  • See Neil Young’s Monsanto-Themed Mini-Documentary ‘Seeding Fear’
    The story of a 4th generation farmer and seed cleaner who went toe to toe with Monsanto. Neil Young took on the corporation Monsanto, which manufactures genetically engineered seeds for agriculture, on his recent record The [...]
  • How Monsanto wrote and broke laws to enter India
    By Dr Vandana Shiva — 21 July 2015 Source: http://vandanashiva.com/?p=260 Citizens of the United States are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families. Despite the fact that 90% of American citizens want [...]
  • Vandana Shiva — Why Do I Care about Climate
    On the occasion of the Summit of Conscience, July 21 in Paris, Dr Vandana Shiva shares her commitment to the fight against global warming. Webpage with more details: https://www.whydoicare.org/en/temoignage_view?temoignage=07d8e73f45d74badad5f13adc7c5d1ad Taking part in the Summit of Conscience, which [...]
  • The Day My Food World Turned Upside Down
    By Suzi Amis Cameron – Huffington Post, 10 July 2015 Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzy-amis-cameron/the-day-my-food-world-turned-upside-down_b_7740468.html You might think you’ve reached the pinnacle of healthy, sustainable eating when you have your own small herd of goats. For 26 years, I’d paid [...]



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