A lot of controversy is floating around about Monsanto and its genetically modified seeds, crops and pesticides. For those who wish to learn more, Dr. Vandana Shiva is an expert on the subject.
With a bachelor's degree in physics, Dr. Vandana Shiva started Navdanya International 20 years ago.
When she discovered that global corporations, such as Monsanto, wanted to patent seeds, crops and life forms, she started the organisation in an effort to protect biodiversity, to promote organic farming and also to defend the rights of farmers.
She has been involved in creating markets for farmers and in promoting healthy, high quality and tasty food for consumers, by connecting the seed to the kitchen, and biodiversity to gastronomy.
She has been in the field, so to speak, for over 30 years and started with the Chipko movement in the 1970s, which involved women in the Himalayan region protecting trees.
Dr. Shiva founded the Research for Science, Technology, and Ecology, (RFSTE) organization, inspired by her earlier involvement with the Chipko movement.
For Dr. Shiva, the defense of both nature's and people's rights have become one and the same.
Dr. Vandana Shiva in Johannesburg, 2002
She has traveled worldwide, giving talks on the subject.
With many Indian farmers committing suicide after losing the crops due to GMO cotton seeds, she has become even more involved and in the video points out why these GMOs are a bad option for farmers, the eco-system and also for consumers.
The video above is part one in the series. You can also view parts two and three on YouTube.
The 3-part series of interviews is one of the most contentious, profound and important discussions to date on the subject. More than about safety, or lack of it, in biotechnology, it is also about the ability of everyone to have a choice of healthy food to eat and for farmers to be able to freely use their own seeds and grow them in the manner they choose.