Please join MOTHER EARTH NEWS in welcoming food sovereignty and anti-globalization activist Vandana Shiva to Kansas City, Mo., where she will share her presentation “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th. Hosted by Cultivate Kansas City and the University of Missouri Kansas City, Shiva’s lecture at the Unity Temple on the Plaza will discuss the imbalance of monoculture, the necessity of social and natural diversity, and the future of seed freedom. Tickets are available at the Eventbrite ticket outlet for $15, student tickets are $5.
Vandana Shiva is a globally recognized defender of civil liberties and environmental resources. Her advocacy of locally owned and self-sufficient food distribution networks supports the progressive food systems that have been developing in the Kansas City area. The author of almost 30 books, Shiva is not only a writer for food freedom, she also established the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, the Navdanya organic seed network, and the worldwide Seed Freedom movement. Since the mid-70s, Shiva has campaigned for the rights of indigenous communities, for the equality of women, and for the sanctity of natural, organic agriculture. Look for an interview with Vandana Shiva in the forthcoming June/July 2014 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
During Shiva’s visit throughout April 17th and 18th, Cultivate KC has organized several free Kansas City events, where farmers and growers can connect, including the first gathering of the Missouri Young Farmers Coalition on Thursday night, and a Seed Savers Kansas City workshop on Friday. Go to this calendar to learn about all the Kansas City events. There is also a dinner on Friday, April 18th with Shiva at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park; tickets are $50, available at Eventbrite. If you have questions about any of these events, or want to add an event of your own, please contact Cultivate KC’s Communications and Outreach Director Ami Freeberg, at 913-944-5639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Kartikey Shiva