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12.12.19—20:00    KASK lecture: Vandana Shiva Campus Bijloke - Cirque lecture

The Indian Vandana Shiva is world famous (and notorious) as a thinker and activist in the Alter-globalization movement, the commons and ecofeminism. In 1991 Shiva Navdanya founded a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living matter, especially indigenous seeds. She founded a seed bank and wrote more than twenty books in which she questions modern agricultural methods and advocates traditional techniques. By challenging the neoliberalization of (Indian) agriculture, Shiva has come into contact with some of the most powerful multinationals in the food industry, such as Monsanto and Cargill. Legendary is also the lawsuit she filed against Monsanto.

In her book Cargill and the Corporate Hijack of India's Food Agriculture, Shiva examines the manipulations of both the American and Indian governments. They enabled policy shifts that made India the world's largest importer of wheat, while it was already the second largest producer of wheat, which would have met most of the nation's needs. Shiva explains the methodologies of decentralization of food policy, from government to industry. It shows how large multinationals have benefited disproportionately from decentralization. The new system did not deliver the promised food security and nutritional needs, while Indian farmers were already making massive use of biotechnologies.