Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker in league with the likes of Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, who for the past three decades has strived to be the change she wants to see. When she found that science and technology primarily served the interests of the rich and powerful, she left academia to establish the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology - a public interest research organization. Likewise, when she found that global corporations wanted to patent seeds and crops, she launched Navdanya - Hindi for "nine seeds" in reference to the nine crops that make up India's source of food security - to protect biodiversity, defend farmers' rights, and promote organic farming. [+]