Indian Environmental Leader to Discuss Globalization

Vandana Shiva, director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi, India, will discuss “Does Globalization Help or Hurt?” on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall at Yale. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and the author of many books, including “Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply;” “Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge;” “Monocultures of the Mind;” “The Violence of the Green Revolution;” and “Staying Alive.”

In “Stolen Harvest,” which was published last year, Shiva describes the impact of industrial agriculture on small farmers, the environment and the quality of the global food supply.

In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights. Navdanya, which means nine seeds, is a national program that encourages peasant farmers to use native seeds for planting, instead of commercially produced seeds, to establish sustainable organic agriculture.

Shiva is an Indian theoretical physicist who advocates for ecology and social justice. She is a member of the International Forum on Globalization and the Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, a network of researchers specializing in sustainable agriculture and development. She is also an ecology adviser to the advocacy group Third World Network.

To celebrate its centennial year, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is sponsoring a series of distinguished speakers who are addressing topics that explore the relationship between globalization and the environment.

The next lecture will feature Robert Kates, former professor at Brown, who will discuss “The Nexus and the Neem Tree” on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. in Bowers Hall.

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