May 24, 2012 – Segment 2

Vandana Shiva is an environmental activist, feminist and writer living in Delhi, India. Trained as a philosopher and physicist, she left academics to found the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, a participatory, public interest research organization. She also founded Navdanya, an organization that protects biodiversity, defends farmers’ rights and promotes organic farming. She’s written extensively on globalization’s impact on the environment and food systems, and her latest book is called Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. She joins us to discuss biodiversity, globalization, the financialization of nature, seed saving and direct democracy.