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The Poison Cartel, Farmers' Rights & Ecofeminism: A Talk With Vandana Shiva

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When Vandana Shiva was growing up in the wilds of the Himalaya, her father was a forest conservator, her mother a farmer. Her close relationship with nature was set early on, and her involvement with Chipko, a nonviolent org that emerged in response to large-scale deforestation in the region, soon put Shiva on the path to a career in ecology.

Today, at 66, Shiva has founded a biodiversity farm, Navdanya, as well as Earth University, a learning center that teaches students principles of biodiversity and what Shiva calls "Earth Democracy." Her commitment to farmers' rights and poison-free farming has earned Shiva a slew of awards and accolades, and she has been called an environmental hero by no less than Time magazine.

Shiva recently spoke with Seven Days, touching on issues as wide-ranging as bio-imperialism and the power of women. For more about Shiva and her work, read the full interview.

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