Episode 113: Two Options

There has been a lot written about GMOs, pesticides, organic etc. to the point that it’s easy to lose touch with how these issues actually impact people’s lives.  On our recent trip to India, we got a wake up call from environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva on the reality of these issues and how they can impact farmers to the point of suicide.  Watch this video to learn the message of Dr. Shiva and the seed saving solution that she and her partner Bija Devi are manifesting in rural India.  Special Thanks to Intrepid Travel.

  • http://twitter.com/GarridoRua Santiago Garrido

    the most powerful piece you have ever made, and you made many.

    “All the seeds keepers are women”, the best metaphor. As you said we have two options, to respect nature and leave some of what we found on it to our children’s or not.

    • danielpklein

      thank you Santiago.

  • http://twitter.com/tinyplots Tinyplots

    Santiago, you said it. This one is an absolute force. Thank you for raising the pedestal of woman farmers and their keystone roles in the future of families, nutrition and traditional knowledge.

  • sarah

    “In a gentle way you can shake the world” Mahatma Gandi
    How did we stray so far! You should take this to TED.com

  • debrasev

    You sweet, gentle, lovely giving woman–you rock everyone’s world!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/outoftheboxcoll Jennifer Piette

    Absolutely beautiful and so grateful you made this piece!!! What Monsanto has done in the US is bad enough, but what it is doing abroad, and particularly in India, is criminal. Adding in the angle of these women and their efforts to save the seeds elevates the piece even higher. Viva!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.q.mccallum Mary Quinn Mccallum

    YES! YES! YES! Thank you.

  • Greg

    MIND. BLOWN. So very well done. I especially like how you’ve linked ground-level stories to an issue that unfortunately tends to live at the 10,000 foot view. People need to understand that this isn’t mere philosophical discussion — it truly affects people on the granular level, and not just in the developing world. Thanks for telling this story in a beautiful, direct way!

  • spiralgal

    What an important film! People don’t realize what is happening around the world with farming and corporations like Monsanto. What a lovely and potent way to present not only the disturbing truth, but the beauty of farming, activism, India, and women. It gets to the root of the issue. Thanks so much

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.duff.sheehan Daniel Sheehan

    Beautifully told! Dr Shiva’s story of farmers indebted to seed companies sounds remarkably similar to Grapes of Wrath.

  • ltcookies

    I have just been wowed. And that’s not something I’d take lightly considering I’ve watched every episode you’ve ever produced. But seriously…wow. Can’t wait to watch the one that tops this.

  • danielpklein

    Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments. its an important message that Vandana and Bija are preaching.

  • L

    Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you. It’s a crusade many of us are on, & it needs to be spread. & who better to relate the message than the authority herself. Kudos.

  • Tanya

    She is brilliant. Your filming and editing are so beautiful. Thank you for this succinct yet poetic

    reminder.

  • camille

    Very well done. Thanks. I also loved the variation on the Bhel Puri recipe.

  • http://twitter.com/EveryLastMorsel Todd Jones

    The story of these farmer suicides is tragic, and Vandana Shiva’s work with Navdanya is important, but I think it’s important for all of us to remember that this video represents a single perspective. India’s agricultural economy is affected by more than a single corporate giant. Farmers the world over must cope with drought, flood, market fluctuations and government intervention. I’m not suggesting that Monsanto is entirely innocent, but I don’t think that characterizing Monsanto as an evil villain does anybody any good. I love the passion with which her story is told, but I know there’s more to it than this.

    • http://twitter.com/GarridoRua Santiago Garrido

      you are right, in the sense that the problem is much more complicated, but if we want to start looking for solutions in agriculture and food production globally, we should talk about Monsanto at some point.
      for many reasons, not only for the risks in transgenic seeds, also for pesticides, not minor subjects right?

      as a simple example please read the story of this woman in Argentina:

      http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/sofia-gatica

      Regards,

    • Gsl

      Working for Monsanto?? That’s all I can say.

  • Taylor

    This video perfectly represents what this entire series is all about…really well done, definitely one of your best to date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dane.schmitt Dane Alan Schmitt

    Excellent…another great one and near the top of my favorites..bravo to you both.

  • sy

    Amazing work guys, keep it up please! I look forward to every episode, I’m surprised you are not yet featured nationally… I guess our consumerist culture can’t handle it yet..

  • Roxy Lerner

    Thanks Daniel and Mirra, excellent video!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmurgz Richard Murgatroyd

    This is beautiful, sad and encouraging all in one. Thank you for working so hard to bring this to us.

  • Stephen

    bravo

  • Bob Bielefeld

    Wow!. Thank you for so clearly and compassionately speaking the truth. Your positive action in saving the seeds fills me with with hope.

  • Parisbreakfast

    Thank you, thank you for this very Importent message beautifully made and expressed. Deeply touching for all of us.
    Carolg

  • http://twitter.com/RNadvice susan nimmo

    The history surrounding the suicides of farmers in India is a bit confusing but still quite shocking. They averaged 17,000 farmer suicides a year and they went on in that way for several years before some improvement was seen in the new century. Women must be relied upon as she states and it is likely due to a lack of males left to farm capably. this take over of the land through repossession of property is a criminal act. It is so sad to see that people are viewed as expendable by the ones who have power on earth. We must be in solidarity with these women. They are surely the lifeblood for their future now.

  • jenn

    Actually, Monsanto is not being “characterized” as an evil villain. Dramatics aside, all one needs to do is look at the facts, and know that you cannot break the Law of Nature. Oh, man and Monsanto has the power to do so, but is with great consequences which will inevitably be further seen if they are not stopped. We are OF Nature, not separate from it.