Dr Vandana Shiva speaking to us from Gandhi's Ghani in Wardha . This ghani (traditional oil extraction unit) was started by Mahatma Gandhi has now been served a notice to shut down. Thousands of these units across the country are under attack from the pseudo-safety conspiracy of the industrial processing industries. With an aim to destroy all our rural and national oilseed economies industrial soy oil corporations are destroying our small scale traditional ghanis. The corporations want to create a monopoly over the food system.

Soy oil corporations have time and again manipulated safety laws and disguised them as the new food safety modernisation regime. While these regimes are presented as new health and safety standards, they in reality are corporate shaped instruments to oppress and criminalise traditional food processors and deliver more profits and markets for the agro-food corporations. But none of these efforts can make Soy oils or palm oils true oilseeds. A simple review of their productions will make it clear that they are not true oilseeds.

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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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