Oxford Real farming Conference Session
5 January 2022, 2pm – 3.30pm GMT
Vandana Shiva, Navdanya
Satish Kumar, Resurgence Trust, Schumacher College
Moderator: Ruchi Shroff, Navdanya International
We live in an era where our connection with food and with the communities that grow it has been lost. Food, whose primary purpose is to provide nourishment and health, has now become a commodity and a central cause for health problems, inequality and environmental degradation around the world. In order to re-establish the connection between us, our food and ecology, we need to become aware of our inherent connection with the Earth. Our relationship to food must be lived through giving back to the Earth and becoming part of the natural cycles that sustain all life.
In response to the crises of our food system we are seeing the rise of fake food alternatives which claim to be real solutions. But upon further inspection these alternatives only further sever our connection to the web of life, since they directly depend on the very industrial agrifood system they claim to solve, through dependence on GMO monocultures, pesticides and a polluting global supply chain. In the end, these new products represent a dangerous fusion between new biotechnologies, hyper-processed food, and the industrial billionaires that control the agrifood chain.
This session, organised by Navdanya, will discuss how we must re-establish our connection with eating as an ecological act in defiance of the false solutions that shift political power away from regenerative farmers and local communities.
Oxford Real Farming Conference, 5 – 7 January 2022
The ‘Slow’ Power of Environmental Communication – An interview with Satish Kumar by Manlio Masucci, Navdanya International, 4 January 2022
Climate Change is Ecological Destruction: Greenwashing and false solutions at COP 26 – Navdanya International, November 2021
Webinar: Regeneration for Climate Resilience – Highlights – Navdanya International, October 2021
Plants, Planet & People – The Living Earth and Climate Change – Dr Vandana Shiva, October 2021
UNFSS – Where Multinationals Continue to Design our Food Systems and Control our Diets – Navdanya International, July 2021
Webinar – Which Future for our Climate? Technofixes vs Biodiversity-based solutions – Highlights – Navdanya International, June 2021
Bill Gates & His Fake Solutions to Climate Change – Navdanya International, April 2021
Rewilding food, rewilding farming – Vandana Shiva – January 2020
Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food Vandana Shiva – June 2019