Poison-Free Food & Farming

with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Sponsored by the School of the New American Farmstead


Acclaimed scientist and author Dr. Vandana Shiva presented an international pledge for “Poison-Free Food and Farming by 2030” throughout New England on her “Northeast Earth Journey” from Vermont to New York City, May 4-7, 2019.

Since the fall of 2017, Dr. Shiva and her colleagues at Navdanya (the India-based organization founded by Dr. Shiva to promote seed-saving, biodiversity conservation, organic farming practices and the rights of farmers) have been working to connect different communities around the world that are working toward poison-free futures through a variety of political, grassroots and economic initiatives. Dr. Shiva’s “Northeast Earth Journey” transpired at a critical moment in our history when the true costs of food and farming systems based on the use of synthetic pesticides and other toxins are becoming increasingly evident. Scientists have recently unveiled a broad range of studies documenting extraordinary declines in biodiversity around the globe. Meanwhile, juries in the US are siding with plaintiffs as a long line of individuals suffering from cancer pursue lawsuits against the manufacturers of glyphosate—the active ingredient in commonly-used herbicides such as Roundup.

Supporters at each event on the tour took the Navdanya International Pledge for a “Poison-Free Food and Farming” initiative. Visit this link for more information on the pledge and Navdanya’s work.


Click the links below the see coverage from each event on the tour!


Sterling College Commencement

Montpelier, Vermont

Northampton, Massachusetts

NOFA-CT, Connecticut




Many thanks to our co-sponsors: Building A Local Economy, Rural Vermont, real Organic project, Soil 4 Climate, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Vermont Compost Company, NYU Steinhardt, NOFA Mass, Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, Independent Science News, CT-NOFA, Chelsea Green Publishing, NOFA-VT

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