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Vandana Shiva is a force of nature — and a force for nature. Winner of the alternative Nobel Prize, the Right Livelihood Award, Shiva has been at the forefront of the food sovereignty movement; Her greatest fights have been against GMOs and the patenting of seeds that have bankrupted small farmers throughout the world. As Vandana Shiva says, “Life is not an invention.”

Dr. Shiva Is the founder of Navdanya, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting biodiversity, native seeds, organic farming and fair trade. She is the author of more than 20 books, including Earth Democracy and Soil Not Oil. The book, Creative Civil Disobedience (Actes Sud 2018) is a series of interviews between Lionel Astruc and Vandana Shiva. It’s one of a three book series published to accompany the award-winning film Tomorrow.

2018 International Biodiversity Conference


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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.