Food Sovereignty

Greening the Revolution – Watch the Complete Film

A high-definition documentary explores the far-reaching effects of international food injustice, from world hunger to the consumption of industrial food. Using food as a symbol of inequality, we explain and expose the corrupt cycle of globalization that perpetuates systems of poverty and oppressive social control. We then present hope: successful, sustainable communities achieving food justice and freedom through the power of the people.

Filmed in India, Kenya, Zambia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and the United States.


Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani #TelSwaraj तेल स्वराज

Published by Organic Consumers Association on Feb 2, 2016:

On January 30th 2016, Gandhi’s martyrdom day, Navdanya was joined by numerous Gandhian and farmers’ groups in the launch of the Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani to defend nutrition rich traditional oils and boycott toxic soya oil being dumped on Indians through ‘Free Trade’

With the death of the ghanis, traditional oilseeds are bound to die. We are at risk of not only losing out our diverse food culture, but also the tastes of home. All our cooking requires traditional oils such as mustard, sesame, linseed, coconut etc.- each with it’s own benefits.

The satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani is also one that fights for our culture. No industrial substitute has the properties of mustard to preserve and flavour our pickles, or give the pungent tang to our food and puffed rice preparations(our masala muri and our bhate bhath)

Hydrogenated vegetable oils do not possess the medicinal ayurvedic qualities of traditional oils, and will be foreign to our culture and our fire rituals. They contain transfats which are hazardous to health and have been banned in the United States

Seed Libraries, Seed Swaps Endangered in California – Your Help Requested

There are about 52 Seed Libraries in California. AB 2470, the “California Seed Law,” was amended in 2014.  One of the provisions that was slipped in, basically makes Seed Libraries and Seed Swaps illegal in California.  Specifically it says is that if you share seeds with anyone that lives more than 3 miles away from…

Transforming a broken food system: an interview with Raj Patel – Fairfood International

Courtesy of Fairfood International. Read at the source. Transforming a broken food system: an interview with Raj Patel   30 October 2015   In its ‘Social justice in the food sector’ series, Fairfood is interviewing experts on their views on how to create fair and sustainable food supply chains. You can find all interviews in…

Climate Change a Threat to Food Security, Industrial Ag Not the Answer – UN’s Hilal Elver

Climate change poses ‘major threat’ to food security, warns UN expert 3 November 2015 – Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080, a United Nations human rights expert warned today. “Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and…

Satyagraha for Food Freedom and Seed Freedom (Civil Disobedience to End Seed Slavery)

Read this remarkable manifesto, written by Vandana Shiva and Ruchi Shroff, published by Navdanya International and the National Heirloom Exposition in pdf form here. This twenty page booklet was produced in printed and distributed freely at the National Heirloom Exposition on September 8, 9, and 10, 2015 in Santa Rosa, California.   An excerpt: Humanity…

WhyHunger’s Introduction to Agroecology

WhyHunger’s new publication, Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty Into Action, is an attractive introduction to agroecological principles, concepts and practices, based largely upon the work of La Via Campesina and many other grassroots leaders and social movements.

It features a plethora of contributions from members of peasant and small-scale farmers’ groups from Guatemala, Haiti, Brazil, India, Mali, and the U.S. which detail their perspectives of the promise that agroecology holds for sustainable and fair local economies.


Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty Into Action

La Via Campesina