Ecofeminist crusader: What makes anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva tick?

There is no figure in the anti-GMO movement that commands more respect than Vandana Shiva. An Indian writer and activist, Shiva has placed herself at the center of the anti-GMO movement through her relentless opposition to biotechnology and her willingness to theorize the objectives of the anti-GMO movement into a broader vision of society. Shiva … views her opposition to biotechnology as the linchpin cause in this great green revolution.

Despite her popularity as a speaker, there are very few analyses of Vandana Shiva’s own eco-philosophy. In order to better understand … I decided to read her book Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. It is … considered a serious statement on her “ecofeminist” ideals. …I was shocked at both the content and the scholarship. It was full of fallacies and creative interpretations of history…. Most surprising though … it became evident that Shiva’s “ecofeminism” is a profoundly conservative, if not reactionary, ideology. …[S]he is a vicious opponent of modernism, suspicious of enlightened humanism, a wily eco-mystic who has more in common with religious fanatics than the progressive activists who are her main audience.

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: The Eco-Philosophy of Vandana Shiva A Critical Review of Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development

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