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, social activist, and feminist. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She’s the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Water Wars, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth. She is the editor of the book Seed Sovereignty, Food Security.