(Photo by Ariel Poster: Women tend trees with the Green Belt Movement in Kenya)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Grandmother's University

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva, the nuclear physicist,
went back to her land, India in the Himalayas,
to save seed for the farmers.
Organic farms, five times more productive than monoculture,
lead the way at Navdanya, “Nine Seeds,” her farm and home.
Saving fifteen hundred seeds, a biodiversity of seeds,
for local farmers to plant.
Farmers in the Cotton Belt have killed themselves
by the quarter million after Monsanto colonized the region.
“We learn from the seed.
We learn from the seed generosity. 
We learn from the seed diversity.”
Grandmothers, the elders, are the best link,
the true source of biodiversity.
“The link of the past to the future,”
says Vandana, her smile huge and warm, her eyes alight.
In the cotton regions,
Monsanto has colonized the seed,
limiting to five the thousands of cotton types known,
and from these five, genetically modified,
extracting royalties for their use.
And in Vandana’s way, at Navdanya, her ecological farm,
 “the Earth is generously saying,
‘Take everything from me.’”
“I have deep trust in the Earth.”

Annelinde Metzner
January 11, 2013

Respond to the seed emergency at the website of Navdanya, Dr. Shiva's ecological farm in the Himalayas of India.

1 comment:

susa silvermarie said...

It makes me larger to know of Vandana Shiva and her work, to listen as she, and you, tell me to learn from the seed. thank you.

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