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2017 Conference

Sunday Day Pass Required

We Are All Seeds

Sunday, February 12       12:00 pm - 1:30 pm       Room:  La Jolla Ballroom


Connectedness, Compassion, Courage:

Activism for Protecting the Planet and Each Other

Monday, February 13       5:00 pm - 7:30 pm       Room: La Jolla


We are all Seeds


We are all seeds, biologically and metaphorically.

Today, seed is being genetically manipulated, patented and owned by a Chemical Cartel, which has its roots in making chemicals during the 2nd world war.

   Dr.Vandana Shiva will share the impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO) in the last 20 years, as well as her creating Navdanya as a response to keep our seeds free of patents and genetic engineering, our food free from poisons and our farmers free of debt and suicides.

Navdanya's work shows that we can double the nutrition needed to feed 2 times the world population by protecting biodiversity and practicing an agriculture of care for the Earth.

Dr Vandana Shiva will also share the recent experience of organizing the Monsanto tribunal and People's assembly in the Hague.


Connectedness, Compassion, Courage: Activism for Protecting the Planet and Each Other

In the workshop will discuss both conceptually as well as through my five decades of ecological activism how
 interconnectedness is the nature of nature and society, and why seeing these interconnections is the basis of compassion and solidarity, as well as the source of courage and strength to act.


Dr. Vandana Shiva is an author, activist and scientific advisor who is changing the way the world thinks about food security and environmental sustainability. Dr. Shiva’s contributions to gender issues are recognized nationally and internationally . Her book Staying Alive dramatically shifts popular perceptions of Third World women.


Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism, and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.


In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.


Dr. Shiva has campaigned internationally on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering. When the US initiated a dispute against the EU to remove the bans and moratoriums on genetically modified crops and foods, Dr. Shiva launched a global citizens campaign on GMOs in the WTO.