Mother Earth and Women are the creative energies that sustain life on Earth and in our homes and communities.

Capitalist Patriarchy defined Nature as dead, as mere raw material to be exploited. Women were defined as passive, as a "second sex". Their knowledge was not counted by the reductionist, mechanistic paradigm of science. Their work in sustainance was not counted by the reductionist mechanistic paradigm of "growth" based on GDP which measures only what is commodified and traded, not what nourishes us. Economies based on greed and profits have exploited the earth and women. It has created the illusion of limitless growth on a planet with limits.

Ecofeminism, as part of Earth Democracy, recognises that all beings are creative, intelligent, productive. That women have sustained the economy of care and well being.That as an earth family we are all equal, and violence against the earth and women is not acceptable. That all of us, women and men, are called on by the earth to contribute to the work that is needed for the well being of the earth and society.


About 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.

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