New Delhi: On the occasion of World Biodiversity Day, Navdanya paid a special tribute to late Minister for Environment and Forests Shri Anil Madhav Dave. They also released a new book, “Annam, Food as Health” which shows the connection between biodiversity, organic food and health.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Vandana Shiva, Founder-Director, Navdanya said, “Nature has given us abundance. She has given enough to nourish every soul. On the occasion of the World Biodiversity Day, I would first thank our farmers, our pollinators, our women who have worked to keep biodiversity alive on our fields and in our forests.
Navdanya is celebrating 30 years of our work to conserve biodiversity and put biodiversity at the centre of the sustainable and equitable economic model. We have defended farmers’ rights and kept seeds in farmers’ hands through building more than 120 Community Seed Banks.
Through biodiversity based agro-ecological organic farming, we have increased nutrition and shown that it is possible to feed two India’s through biodiversity intensive systems of farming which are free of chemicals and GMOs. We do not need GMO rice, our biodiversity can provide not just enough Vit A , but all other trace elements and minerals we need for a balanced diet, health and well being. ’’
Prof. Dr. G. G. Gangadharan, Ayurvedacharya, & Director, Ramaiah Indic Specialty Ayurveda, Bengaluru, Prof. Dr Rama Jayasundar, Department of NMR & MRI Facility, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Prof. Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan Director, Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (CCIH), Savitribai Phule Pune University, Dr. Mira Shiva, Coordinator Initiative for Health & Equity in Society, Founding member Doctors for Food Safety & Biosafety and Maya Goburdhun, Director Navdanya have contributed to the book.