Dr. Shiva is the author of several books, most recently “Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace."
As part of a lecture series that began 30 years ago -- with no less a luminary than novelist James Baldwin as the series' first speaker -- Luther College brought another intellectual superstar to Decorah last week.
Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned biodiversity and conservation activist (veteran journalist Bill Moyers has referred to her as "a rock star in the worldwide battle over genetically modified seeds"), was the 2012-2013 Elwin and Helen Farwell Distinguished Lecturer and spoke to an enthusiastic audience Wednesday night in Luther's Center for Faith and Life.
Composed largely of students and educators, small-scale and organic farmers and area advocates for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, Dr. Shiva's audience seemed predisposed to receiving her message - described by the student who introduced her, Karen Davison ('14), as "pro-peace, pro-cultural diversity, pro-environmental diversity and pro-livelihood for all."
Author of several books, most recently "Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace," Shiva drew applause, in particular, for her impassioned stance against efforts by multinational agricultural biotechnology corporations like Monsanto -- a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed - to position themselves as "creators of life, owners of life," by moving a gene, patenting the result, and calling it "intellectual property."
For complete article, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Decorah Public Opinion.