Food: Listen to Grandma
In response to the question, “How do you activate people who say, ‘Well, you know, I’m not an expert on these issues. I don’t know what chemicals are involved. It’s all a bit too complicated for me.” Vandana Shiva, says “As far as issues of food are concerned and toxics in food are concerned, people don’t have to wait for experts to tell them. Just listen to your grandmother. Every grandmother said, “You are what you eat.” And now scientists are finding out that the gut decides our health, and the health of our gut is decided by the food we eat. When we eat toxics, we are killing our gut bacteria and we are killing our brain, we are killing our body’s metabolic systems.” Interview by David Barsamian.
Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She’s a physicist, scholar and social activist. She is a founder of Navdanya and Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She is the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books including Water Wars, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil, and Oneness vs the 1%. Her latest book is Terra Viva.