In solidarity, #ItAintOverI522

As we await the final count from Washington states GMO labeling prop I-522, I feel it timely to repost my article from early this year,  "From Agent Orange to GMO’s in Vietnam." The politics of GMO's/GE's  have local and global implications that are grossly imbedded in deep pockets and an imbalance of social power. In solidarity... Continue Reading →

Saving Seeds Saves Lives.

What Indian farmers (my two dear friends)  are saying about Seed Freedom at their A-Z of Organic agriculture course at Navdanya. SEED FREEDOM NOW! "If we don't have our own seeds and have to purchase them, we will have to spend a lot of money.  We have to take loans to pay for them, and... Continue Reading →

Week 3, Bhoomi!

A-Z of Organic Agriculture, 2012- Week 3, Bhoomi Bhoomi week was an incredible celebration of women in Defense of the Earth at the Navdanya farm in the third week of the A-Z of Organic Agriculture course. The class is so grateful to the brilliant minds of Dr. Vandana Shiva, Frances Moore Lappe, Jean Grossholtz, Winona LaDuke,... Continue Reading →

Week Two, Living Soil!

Navdanya A-Z of Organic Agriculture Course, 2012 Week Two, Living Soil: Living soil week was an education in the magnificence of our Earth’s precious soil.  Dr. Hari Raj Singh kicked off the week with a soil lesson that left everyone with a genuine reverence for the complex elements of the soil, the foundation of our food.Dr.... Continue Reading →

Week One, Living Seed!

Navdanya A-Z of Organic Agriculture Week One, Living Seed: As we complete our first of four weeks at the Navdanya A-Z of Organic Agriculture course, let us say how grateful we are to Dr. Salvatore Ceccarelli for honoring us with his expertise in Participatory Plant Breeding.  A true seed guru, Dr. Ceccarelli explained how this method, left in the... Continue Reading →

Keeping it Rural.

A few weeks back I went to a small village, Gundhiarth Gaon, outside the slightly larger mountain town of Parola, 8,000 feet high in the district of Uttarkashi in the Young Himalayas. It was a seven hour one lane wide winding road trip up and upward.  This region is an extremely rural peasant terrace farming... Continue Reading →

Saving Rice.

It’s the end of rice harvest season here at Navdanya’s Bija Vidyapeeth (seed university). Squares of hundred’s of rice patties are harvested at their roots with with sickles, bundled and left out to dry for a few days, then hand-thrashed onto concrete to remove the grains. It is backbreaking work under a scorching sun, performed... Continue Reading →

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