Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 18 states in India.

Navdanya has helped set up 122 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.

Navdanya has also set up a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed / Earth University) on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, North India.

Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation and climate change.

Navdanya is a women centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.

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The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes-A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs

We have been repeatedly told that genetically engineered (GE) crops will save the world by increasing yields and producing more food. They will save the world by controlling pests and weeds. They will save the world by reducing chemical use in agriculture. They will save the world with GE drought tolerant seeds and other seed traits that will provide resilience in times of climate change.

However, the GE emperor (Monsanto) has no clothes. All of these claims have been established as false over years of experience all across the world. The Global Citizens Report “The Emperor Has No Clothes” brings together evidence from the ground of Monsanto’s and the industry’s false promises and failed technology.

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The Law of the Seed aims to bring back biodiversity and recognition of farmers' rights, to bring back democratic systems in society to shape laws as well as knowledge.

"Navdanya launches The Global Citizens' Report for Seed Freedom."

 
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Activists urge farmers to shift to organic crops
    By Neel Kamal – The Times of Inda, 25 January 2016 Bathinda: The issue of farmers committing suicides due to cotton crop damage is being highlighted through a social media campaign and a documentary film made [...]
  • NGO shows the way to debt-ridden farmers
    by Sanjeev Singh Bariana – The Tribune, 24 January 2015 Source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/ngo-shows-the-way-to-debt-ridden-farmers/187704.html Chugge Kalan (Bathinda), Jan 24 – Taking a lead from the village of farmer Kuldeep Singh, who committed suicide on September 25, 2015, following his [...]
  • European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on Indian melons
    No Patents on Seeds, 20 January 2016 Source: http://no-patents-on-seeds.org/en/information/news/european-patent-office-revokes-monsanto-patent-melons Opponents urge politicians to take action 20 January 2016 The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent held by Monsanto on melons (EP1962578) for technical reasons. Monsanto was claiming [...]
  • Hearing on the opposition against Monsanto Patent on Indian Melon
    Media Release – No Patents on Seeds, 18 January 2016 Source: http://no-patents-on-seeds.org/ Increasing opposition against patents on conventional breeding 18 January 2016. On 20 January the European Patent Office (EPO) will hold a public hearing on the opposition [...]
  • Anna Swaraj (Food Freedom)
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 30 December 2015 Source: http://www.asianage.com/columnists/anna-swaraj-964 “Instead of regulating those selling unhealthy oils, the government is trying to close Gandhi’s ghani — producing pure oil in front of the eyes [...]



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