Vandana Shiva

Environmental justice activist and leader against the corporate takeover of water and seed.


“In the era of genetic engineering and patents, life itself is being colonized. Ecological action in the biotechnology era involves keeping the self-organization of living systems free – free of technological manipulations that destroy the self-healing and self-organizational capacity of organisms, and free of legal manipulations that destroy the capacities of communities to search for their own solutions to human problems from the richness of the biodiversity that we have been endowed with.”

- Vandana Shiva, Stolen Harvest


Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecofeminist, environmental activist, and author of many books. As the winning recipient of the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, Shiva is one of the world’s leading dissident voices against biopiracy, genetic engineering, the privatization of water, and the many injustices linked to food and agriculture. Shiva currently resides in New Delhi, India, where she runs Navdanya, a biodiversity conservation program that supports and encourages local farmers to utilize traditional agricultural knowledge and conserve ancient crops. Some of her books include Biopiracy: the Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, Stolen Harvest: the Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, and Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit.