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Vandana Shiva: 'Seeds must be in the hands of farmers'

Biodiversity campaigner accuses corporate giants of trying to take over the world's seed supply through genetic engineering

Source:  Copyright 2013, Guardian
Date:  February 25, 2013
Byline:  Mark Tran
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Vandana Shiva shows no sign of fatigue despite an overnight flight from Delhi and an hour's audience with Prince Charles before arriving at the Guardian, where she launches into her views on agriculture, food, biodiversity and "seed freedom".

The Indian founder of Navdanya, which campaigns for biodiversity and against corporate control of food and seeds, says Africa is the battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agroecological approach, based on the use of traditional seeds, diverse crops, trees and livestock, with smallholder farmers and the right to food at the core. The other is an industrial system based on monoculture, the use of fertilisers and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), where companies such as Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, BASF and Dow are dominant.

No guesses as to where she stands, as she accuses these corporate giants of wanting to take over the world's seed supply through genetic engineering and ...

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