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By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Ecofeminism is a good term for distinguishing a feminism that is ecological from the kind of feminisms that have become extremely technocratic. I would even call them very patriarchal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I did physics because of my love of nature. As a young student of science, I was taught that physics was the way to learn nature. So my travels through physics really are the same urges that make me travel through ecology.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

My travels through physics really are the same urges that make me travel through ecology. They are not really different, except that there is an added dimension of seeing ecological destruction and seeing the very life-support system that makes us survive on this planet being destroyed. That makes me do more than just inquire; it compels me to act and to intervene.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The fact that I still find so much beauty in a handicraft is because my mother taught us to see not just the craft as a product but the craft as an embodiment of human creativity and human labor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

My mother taught that if anyone needs you, you should be available to them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Nobody defines it as something women shouldn't be doing. In a way, there are more mathematicians, more doctors, more scientists in India than there are in this country. We even had a woman head of state, and that's something the United States has yet to catch up with.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Genetic engineering has never been about saving the world, it's about controlling the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Given that I was interested in physics, I think it was easier for me to do physics in India.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Those least responsible for climate change are worst affected by it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I do have fun. Even when I’m fighting I’m enjoying it: I think there’s nothing as exhilarating as protecting that which you find precious.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

It is often too late by the time the government reacts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I started out in nuclear physics. But after I became more sensitized to the environmental and health implications of the nuclear system - I was being trained to be the first women in the fast-breeder reactor in India (and was in it when it first went critical) - I didn't feel comfortable with it. So I went into theoretical physics.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I didn't leave physics because of boredom. I left it because other issues compelled me in a bigger way. And I always say to myself, "When I'm 60, I'd like to go back to what I interrupted.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I believe that we will see a lot of destruction, but I believe that if we can see the right patterns and draw the right lessons from that destruction, we might be able to rebuild before it's too late. And then I have that ultimate optimism that even if we can't, life will rebuild itself. In a way, the global economy might collapse, but Gaia won't, and people's ingenuity won't. We will rebuild society, we will rebuild local economies, we will rebuild human aspirations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Biotech and geo engineering have the same mindset, of engineering, of power, of control, of mastery of nature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Earth Democracy connects people in circles of care, cooperation, and compassion instead of dividing them through competition and conflict, fear and hatred.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

In India, crossbreeding programs aimed at mimicking the milk yields of Western cows like the Jerseys and the Holsteins actually breed out the capacity of our animals to pull ploughs and pulley-cars. So, thanks to cross-breeding programs, we now have humpless cattle with no stamina.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Seen from a monocultural perspective, manipulating objects is very, very clever. But seen from a multidimensional perspective, from a perspective of diversity, this is extremely crude because what we have lost out on is a cow that serves as a source of sustainable energy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

In the seed and the soil, we find the answers to every one of the crises we face. The crises of violence and war. The crises of hunger and disease. The crisis of the destruction of democracy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The liberation of the earth, the liberation of women, the liberation of all humanity is the next step of freedom we need to work for, and it's the next step of peace that we need to create.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I think we will become disenchanted with the glamour of globalization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The agrarian crisis [in India] is an unnecessary tragedy, resulting directly from an economics of greed and a politics driven by the economies of greed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Population control is not an issue involving contraceptives for third world women. It is an issue of ecological justice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

If India is an emerging economy with millions of new consumers, sell them the Volvo. Sell them the Cielo car. Sell them whatever you can, hamburgers and KFCs. It’s the middle classes who have moved into being able to own a car, a refrigerator. For them there is this mantra that the General Electric refrigerator is better than some other model, that the Cielo car is fancier than the Ambassador.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

In England, the population explosion can be linked very clearly with the enclosure of the commons that uprooted the peasants from their land. In India, it was the same thing: the population increased at the end of the 18th century when the British took over and Indian lands were colonized. Instead of the land feeding Indian people it started to feed the British empire. So we had destitution. Destitute people who don't have their own land to feed themselves can only feed themselves by having larger numbers, therefore they multiply. It's the rational response of a dispossessed people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Because of these new car models there is suddenly on the streets of Delhi a new intolerance by the motorists for both the cows and the cyclists. So for the first time the sacred cow in India, which used to be such a wonderful speed-breaker, is now seen as a nuisance. For the first time, I’ve seen cows being hit and hurt. These guys just go right past, and if the cow is sitting on the road, they don’t care. We can’t afford to have a sacred car rather than a sacred cow.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Whatever happens to seed affects the web of life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

As usual, in every scheme that worsens the position of the poor, it is the poor who are invoked as beneficiaries.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I think the American people should see that the corporations abandoned them long ago. That people will have to build their own economies and rebuild democracy as a living democracy. The corporations belong to no land, no country, no people. They have no loyalty to anything apart from the base-line - their profits. And the profits today are on an unimaginable scale; it has become illegitimate, criminal profit - profits extracted at the cost of life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I've just been told that Nestle has taken out patents on the making of pullao. (Pullao is the way we make our rice in India, with either vegetables or meat or whatever.) Before you know it, every common use of plants will be patented by a Western corporation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

We have to build movements in the face of trade retaliation on the basis of people's democratic rights, on the basis of an ancient heritage of collective innovation. We work from the grassroots all the way to the national government and the World Trade Organization. It basically means being very multidimensional in our campaigns. And that is where part of the fun is. It involves both resistance and creativity. It involves constructive action, while at the same time saying "no.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

Climate change is not just a problem for the future. It is impacting us every day, everywhere.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The people who see the population explosion in the Malthusian way - as a geometric progression - forget that population growth is not a biological issue. People are not increasing in numbers out of stupidity and ignorance. Population growth is an ecological phenomenon linked very intimately to other issues, such as the usurpation of the resources which allow people to live.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The idea of engineering is an idea of mastery. And today the role that we are being asked to play is a role based on informed humanity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

One particular spark was when I went back to my favorite spot in the mountains where my father always used to take us before my graduate studies in Canada and finding that the stream I had gone swimming in wasn’t there. The forest had been converted into an apple orchard with World Bank financing. The entire place, literally, had changed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

I think the structures of exclusion are more systematically built up in American society, for example, so that young girls interested in science eventually lose their confidence over time. The structures of exclusion work against them. We have other structures of exclusion in India, but not around modern scientific knowledge.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

We're living in the anthropocene age and now human beings will be the shapers of our future, that totally control the overall functions of not just our planet, but our relationship with other planets.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

My links with [Mahatma] Gandhi now are very political links because I do not believe there is any other politics available to us in the late twentieth century, a period of a totalitarianism linked with the market. There is really no other way you can do politics and create freedom for people without the kinds of instruments he revived. Civil disobedience is a way to create permanent democracy, perennial democracy, a direct democracy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The abuse of the Earth is the ecological crisis.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The population explosion is an ecological phenomenon of displacement. Unless we solve that ecological problem of displacing people - to build huge dams, to build motorways, to take away what people need in order to survive - we will keep pumping more and more money into population programs. We will have more and more coercive and violent methods through which women's bodies are treated as experimental grounds for new contraceptives. Yet we will not have a solution to the problem of numbers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

It's worse than slave trade because what is being traded is the very knowledge that makes survival possible for 80 percent of the people of this world. These 80 percent live on the biodiversity and the knowledge they have evolved as part of a rich collective heritage involving the use of seeds for growing crops and medicinal plants for healing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The Chipko activists have always been close to my parents, since my father was among the few forestry officials who supported them within the bureaucracy. And I was involved with the Chipko movement in my student days.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Vandana Shiva

We have managed to make the celebration of diversity our mode of resistance.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The myth of "free choice" begins with "free market" and "free trade". When five transnational corporations control the seed market, it is not a free market, it is a cartel.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

It’s not that Monsanto is making money out of the blue. It’s making money by coercing and literally forcing people to pay for what was free. Take water, for instance. Water has always been free. We’ve never paid for drinking water. The World Bank says the reason water has been misused is because it was never commercially priced. But the reason it’s been misused is because it was wasted by the big users—industry, which polluted it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

If you read Wall Street’s reports, they don’t talk of soya bean as originating in China. They don’t talk of soya bean as soya bean. They talk of Monsanto soya. Monsanto soya is protected by a patent. It has a patent number. It is therefore treated as a creation of Monsanto, a product of Monsanto’s intelligence and innovation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Vandana Shiva

In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She's the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Vandana Shiva

The first issue that compelled me was a very strange split between India being highly development scientifically (we were the third biggest scientific manpower in the world then) and yet at the same time struggling with amazing poverty. The linear equation that says that modern science equals progress and the reduction of poverty did not apply to India. It wasn't working.