Tag: Seed Freedom

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We’re up to nearly 15K of 20K needed in our first ever crowd-sourced fund raising campaign. What a ride it has been! Thank you everyone who has contributed. And thank you in advance to all you kind people who will donate now.

All we need are a few more generous souls to push us to the top, and it’s off to India to collect some stellar footage for what we anticipate will be a great film. We’ve got enough for our tickets, cameras and lodging, but we still need to finance some extra travel to key sites essential to the story and various bits of equipment.

A lot of people want to see this movie! Foodies, farmers, fellow film-makers…so many people have been extremely encouraging and we’re feeling quite blessed. Vandana’s work is so important, and her life story so intriguing, that many have also stepped up to help us in kind–with connections, expertise, even support at the home base when we are away. All of it is important to the film, and we thank you all.

Here’s a short clip of Vandana talking about how she, in 1987, discovered the bio-tech industry’s plans to patent life forms for profit. The “Mira” she refers to is her sister, a public health physician currently working in Delhi.

Our new documentary tells the remarkable story of agro-ecologist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of chemical agribusiness, rose to prominence in the environmental movement, and inspired an international movement for change.

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Vandana Shiva is a brilliant scientist and environmental activist at the center of an epic battle over the world’s food system. The fight is between industrial, chemically dependent agriculture (in cahoots with “Big Food”) and ecologically sustainable farming that supports the health of the planet and the wellbeing of all people.

Dr. Shiva is known as Monsanto’s worst nightmare as well as a rock star of the sustainable food movement. But outside of the world of environmental activism, she’s relatively unknown. This despite the fact that she has proven definitively that organic agriculture produces higher yields and greater nutrition at a much lower cost than toxic chemical agriculture.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva will clarify the issues at stake through the lens of Vandana’s extraordinary life story. Today, there is enormous corporate investment in spin to discredit her, with claims that industrial agriculture is not only healthy, but the only viable means for “feeding the world.” However, this inspiring woman’s fight for seed freedom and democracy against seed monopolies and the rule of multinational corporations will tell the true story.

We can still tip the balance in this David vs. Goliath battle before us. With The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, we are blessed with a story of Gandhian proportions that we hope will appeal to a broad audience and, importantly, inspire viewers to action.

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