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Can We Reclaim Our Common Humanity?

"The desire to save seeds comes from an ethical urge to defend life's evolution" says Vandana Shiva, activist, author and scholar.

150,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in areas where seed has been destroyed -- where they have to buy the seed every year from Monsanto at a very high cost.

Saving seeds is crucial now for our farmers, for the plant varieties and species that will otherwise be extinct, for the health of the land and ourselves.

Here she explains to Bill Moyers her ethical and philosophical reasons for doing the outstanding work she does to save our seeds and our planet.

She is known for speaking out against GMO foods and works tirelessly to promote biodiversity and seed saving. The international organization she founded, Navdanya, is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India.

We also get some insight into her unique background with quantum physics: how it propels and informs her work and her philosophical direction.

Her organization, the Grandmother's University at Navdanya is both a research center, seed bank and organic farm.

She speaks about Monsanto, about the insanity of patented seeds, about reclaiming our common humanity and our recognition that we are Earth's citizens.

Brilliant as always, it is a distinct pleasure to see this woman speak on mainstream media.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Moyers and Co.

For more information on Vandana Shiva and Navdanya, see