Vandana Shiva is an Indian physicist, environmental and anti-corporate globalization activist and author. She is globally recognized for her advocacy against genetic modification, patents on life and biopiracy and for sustainable, organic agricultural practices which enhance biodiversity and preserve traditional cultures.
She created the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in 1987 to counter the trend of science and technology serving the interests of power. Four years later, Navdanya was created to be an example of biodiversity protect native seeds and promote organic farming and fair trade. Navdanya has helped conserve over 2000 varieties of rice and create over 100 seed banks across India.
She is a leader and board member of the International Forum on Globalization and received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.
Shiva appeared at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR on November 20, 2002. The Homeland Security Act had just passed the U.S. Senate and would be signed into law three days later. She strongly questioned the dominant definitions of security and terrorism and framed her talk around past and present agricultural practices.