Indian anti-GMO philosopher Vandana Shiva doesn’t speak for India’s farmers

| | November 16, 2016
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[Editor’s note: Vandana Shiva, a controversial full-time anti-GMO activist, speaks at Drake University on November 16. Many critics say her claims lack evidence or distort farming and food issues.


I hope a few science majors are in the crowd at Drake, so they can expose Shiva for what she is: a full-time environmental activist who spreads lies about agriculture in the developing world. Her deeply unscientific views, if enacted, would make it harder for farmers to feed themselves and their countries.

When she attacks GM crops as “poison” and complains about “deadness” in our fields, she sounds like someone who simply doesn’t know what farmers in developing countries really think and do.

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As the daughter of a smallholder farmer in India, I agree with Shiva that seeds must remain in the hands of farmers.

This season, when it came time to choose cotton seeds, my father selected a genetically modified variety for one simple reason: GM cotton is a superior plant that has transformed our ability to earn a living.

[P]rofessional propagandists like Shiva have frightened many Indians into resisting GM crops.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Genetically modified crops benefit farmers

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