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Cultivating + biodiversity = agricultural wealth

On the 9th of February, a talk with the thinker and philosopher Vandana Shiva and environmental activist Satish Kumar, will attempt to establish the keys to avoid large companies’ control over agricultural production on small farms in Africa.

Economic growth, understood by politicians and big corporations, is limited to the fields of industrial and financial growth. Therefore from this commercial viewpoint, it is hard to understand an economic growth that has no limits.

Agricultural systems around the world have worked perfectly up until now, however the presence of multinationals seeking to control production through the introduction of genetically modified seeds and crops can jeopardise this system and the communities that depend on this activity, especially in Africa.

Vandana Shiva

This topic and the importance of culture in the global food system will be spoken about at a conference organised by The Gaia Foundation, by Vandana Shiva, activist, philosopher and advisor to organisations such as Third World Network and Asia Pacific People’s Environment Network, and Satish Kumar, an activist known for having undertaken the peace march from India to London, Washington, Moscow and Paris, the capitals of countries that possess nuclear weapons.

Satish Kumar

In 1982, Shiva founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya, a female social movement to protect the biodiversity of India and to promote organic farming and fair trade. She is also the author of “Seed Freedom”.

Meanwhile, Kumar, current editor of the magazine Resurgence & Ecologist, argues that nature must be a priority in all discussions of politics and society in order to achieve a fair and equitable future.

Place and date: The Nehru Centre. 9th of February, 2013, 2.30pm – 5pm.

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