Vandana Shiva Calls for Indian Independence from MonsantoSeptember 13th, 2016
Cornucopia’s Take: Activist Vandana Shiva will attend the One Earth One Humanity One Future festival in England this month, joining many thought and action leaders to share ideas for increased sustainability and social justice in the world.
We must reclaim our freedom from Monsanto like we did from the British
New Internationalist Magazine
by Vandana Shiva
Later this month I will be travelling to England, to take part in the ‘One Earth One Humanity One Future’ festival in Oxford, which will celebrate 50 years of the UK’s flagship environmental magazine, Resurgence.
This ‘Resurgence 50’ festival will be bringing together leading figures from the world’s social justice and environmental movements to share ideas for bridging a more equitable and sustainable world. A world that would be imminently fairer and more sustainable without the transnational agrochemical giant Monsanto and its GMO crops.
Meantime, In India we are celebrating 70 years of our Independence, and last month we also celebrated the anniversary of the Quit India movement of 1942. That was also the year of the Great Bengal famine which killed 2 million Indians because of the extortionist revenue collection by the British. It was clear that we had to reclaim our freedom because British rule was pushing people to starvation while maximising its revenue extraction, Lagaan, from land.