Vandana Shiva, the world-renowned activist and author described by Bill Moyers as a "rock star" of the anti-GMO movement, will visit Dr. Kevin Moorhead's Agriculture class. The class will be held in the Rhoades Garden on campus and will feature a tour of the ROOTS Garden and a discussion. The Agriculture class is part of the Environmental Studies Program at UNC Asheville, which prepares students for graduate studies or for employment in government, education, industry, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum addresses environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences.Free and open to everyone.
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After earning a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's in the philosophy of science, and Ph.D. in philosophy, Shiva came to focus on environmental and social issues, becoming a leading activist working to promote biodiversity, especially native seed, and promoting fair trade and organic farming. She is the founder of the Navdanya movement in India, which has established 60 seed banks and contributed to the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties. She is on India's National Board of Organic Standards and chairs the Commission on the Future of Food in Tuscany, Italy.
Shiva's advocacy and writing, including her books, Ecofeminism and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Develoipment, tie in gender and environmental issues. She is a founding board member of the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), established by the late U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug. Shiva's most recent book is Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace.
To learn more, visit vandanashiva.com.