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Technological Solutionism Will Not Save our Food Systems

The COVID public health crisis and its resulting economic devastation have accelerated calls to respond through the ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism through embracing the fourth industrial revolution. For food systems, this would mean a ‘food systems transformation’ where all areas of the food supply chain are further centralized, digitized, and mined for data in the false names of ‘public health’ and ‘economic recovery’. This push is now being supported by international organizations and world leaders who stand hand-in-hand with big corporations' desires for further agrifood system concentration.
This translated to a more aggressive push toward false solutions of farms managed through artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms, precision farming, fake foods- such as lab-grown meat, synthetically produced oils, and breastmilk- robot pollinators, biofortification, gene drives for more advanced forms of GMOs, and digital sequencing genetic information (DSI) of agro-diversity.
Embodying and actively supporting these false solutions is philanthrocapitalist Bill Gates. Thinly veiled behind a heavily curated PR rhetoric of humanitarian generosity, such as increasing nutrition for the world’s poor or providing solutions to climate change, he is in fact behind the further centralization and commercialization of food and agriculture through the promotion of the above-mentioned technologies. Since chained to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s million-dollar grants are private market interests in commercially marketing these ‘solutions’. Read more

Presentation of Navdanya International new Report
‘Gates to a Global Empire’

On Wednesday, 14 October 2020, a panel of fourteen of the co-authors of Navdanya International’s collaborative Citizens Report on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – “Gates to a Global Empire” – launched the report through an online event. Each author gave a short presentation over their individual contributions, highlighting the range of topics covered in the report.
The Report gathers evidence and throws light on the dangers of philanthrocapitalism, which is boosting the corporate takeover of our seed, agriculture, food, knowledge and global health systems, manipulating information and eroding our democracies. Read more / Watch video
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Recent Articles & Activities

Position Paper

The Biodiversity Paradigm: Building Resilience for Human and Environmental Health
By Ruchi Shroff & Carla Ramos Cortés - Navdanya International
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Gene Edited Foods are GMOs: New Research establishes that Gene editing is not “natural”, that it can be tested, and should be regulated for Biosafety as a GMO
Vandana Shiva, 7 September 2020
A Simplicity Revolution : An Ecological and Ethical Imperative to Protect Life on Earth and Ensure Justice for all beings
Vandana Shiva World Simplicity Day, 12th July 2020
Poison Free: the successful alternative to the expansion of monocultures comes from local regions, Navdanya International, 8 July 2020
Message for World Environment Day, Vandana Shiva, 5 June 2020
Food for health: the right to health is to live healthy lives
Navdanya International,  3 June 2020
A message for International Day for Biological Diversity, Vandana Shiva, 22 May 2020
Poisons mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity, Vandana Shiva, 19 May 2020
May Day Message from Dr Vandana Shiva, 1 May 2020
Making peace with the Earth. 500 organisations urge a sustainable new start
Navdanya International – Lifegate, 23 April 2020
Free seeds in free earth, the symbols of a new planetary resistance
Navdanya International, 16 April 2020
Online meetings, conferences and webinars
The seminar is co-organised by Nijera Kori, One Billion Rising (OBR), Asia Solidarity against Industrial Aquaculture (ASIA), Navdanya, and the London School of Economics Social Life of Climate Change. Read more

Webinar: The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement for the Emerging World

Hosted by Movement Rights, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and Navdanya International. It is time to stop thinking we must protect nature and recognize that as much as every other life form on Earth, we are nature.  Like no other time in human history, we are in a unique position to determine our fate. And from pandemics to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and the movement for Black Lives, how we treat the Earth is how we treat each other. Read more

Women Activists from Latin America dialogue with Vandana Shiva

Organized by the Argentinian organization Naturaleza de Derechos, Navdanya International, Bolivian organization Probioma, CEDIB - Bolivia, Gwata - Brazil, and Desvío a la Raiz - Argentina. Read more
CLIMALT WEBINAR – Food, Health, and Climate: Interconnected Crises

The webinar is organized by Navdanya International as part of the European project #ClimAlt, co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. Read more

Upcoming events

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 8:00-9:00 AM Pacific

Online conversation
Friday 20 November 2020 – 4.40pm UTC+1 (CET)
Vandana Shiva and Pauline Effa
Navdanya Earth University Courses 2020 – 2021

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Also read: Vandana Shiva supports the ECI against Pesticides
Civil Society Calls on the EU to Prohibit Exports of Banned Pesticides
76 organizations from across Europe have signed a letter to the European Commission Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, calling for a stop to the approval and export pesticides containing substances banned in Europe, which later return through food imports.
Open Letter to the EU Commission: Please support a global moratorium on the environmental release of gene drive organisms
In view of the EU preparation for the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP10).
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