The manufacture of synthetic fertiliser is highly energy intensive. One kg of nitrogen fertiliser requires the energy equivalent of 2 litres of diesel. Energy used during fertiliser manufacture was equivalent to 191 billion litres of diesel in 2000 and is projected to rise to 277 billion in 2030. This is a major contributor to climate change, yet largely ignored.
About Vandana Shiva
Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice. In 1991, Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources. Among Vandana Shiva's many honours is the Right Livelihood Award for her work in placing women and ecology at the center of the international development agenda. She is the author of more than 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals, and her book-length publications.
Entries by Vandana Shiva
The free exchange of seed among farmers has been the basis to maintaining biodiversity and food security. However, a great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway, not just by corporations but also by super rich billionaires whose wealth and power open doors to their every whim. Leading the way is Microsoft mogul, Bill Gates.
Estamos viviendo 3 pandemias simultáneamente: la pandemia del coronavirus, la pandemia del hambre y la pandemia de destrucción de los medios de vida. Las tres pandemias tienen sus raíces en un modelo económico basado en las ganancias, la codicia y el extractivismo, que ha acelerado la destrucción ecológica, agravado la pérdida de los medios de subsistencia, el aumento de la desigualdad económica, y polarizado y dividido la sociedad en el 1% y el 99%.
We are witnessing 3 pandemics simultaneously: the Corona Pandemic, the Hunger Pandemic and the Pandemic of Destruction of Livelihoods. All three pandemics have their roots in an economic model based on profits, greed and extractivism, which has accelerated ecological destruction, aggravated loss of livelihoods, increased economic inequality, and polarised and divided society into the 1% and 99%. On this May Day in times of the Corona Crisis let us imagine and create new economies based on Earth Democracy and economic democracy to protect the earth and humanity.
The industrial west has always been arrogant, and ignorant, of the cultures it has colonised. “Fake Food” is just the latest step in a history of food imperialism.
Thirty eight representatives from more than thirty organizations met at Dr. Shiva’s Navdanya Farm to network and explore next steps for Regeneration International, a cooperative of stake holders committed to promoting small scale organic farming as a solution to climate change.
In a regenerative world, it’s OK to eat meat, but if you’re going to do so, it’s imperative to transition to organic, grass-fed and free-range–and not in the quantities Big Ag and Big Food would have you do. Any other way and we are contributing to global warming, impacting our health and, by the way, engaging significantly in animal cruelty.
This environment day is dominated by President Trump walking out of the Paris agreement. A “concrete-ist” afraid of the “winds of change”. What does Trump’s cowardice imply for international obligations to protect the earth, for a future based on ecological justice, for sowing the seeds of Earth Democracy?
¿Cuál es el camino seguro de la alimentación? Cómo es que la ambición de la Industria Alimentaria envenena cada vez más a la humanidad, exclavisándonos al modelo alimenticio superficial. Vandana Shiva habla en éste artículo sobre el verdadero significado de nuestra comida.
Corporations are trying to replace our democracies with secret agreements and secret courts controlled by the 0.01 per cent super wealthy. The time is ripe for a planetary freedom movement that defends and protects the freedoms of all beings from this 0.01 per cent.
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