Dr. Vandana Shiva, an internationally recognized leader in food and sustainability issues, will speak April 17-18 in Kansas City

Dr. Vandana Shiva, an internationally recognized leader in food and sustainability issues, will speak April 17-18 in Kansas City. The events, sponsored by Cultivate Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, include a keynote address and a farm-to-table dinner and discussion with Dr. Shiva.


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Dr. Shiva, who is headquartered in Delhi, India, is one of the world’s most dynamic and provocative thinkers on issues of sustainability, development and agriculture. A physicist, ecologist, activist, and author, she and her non-profit organization – Navdanya – are leading the global battle against the chemical breeding of seeds by large corporations for global food production and changing the way the world thinks about seeds, agriculture and food. She truly embodies the phrase “think globally, act locally,” and will bring her wealth of knowledge and experience from around the world to inspire action in Kansas City.

“The Environmental Studies Program is very excited to host Dr. Shiva because food is essential to living and to how well we live,” says Molly Davies, Director of UMKC’s Environmental Studies Program. “How food is grown significantly impacts our environment, health, and communities. Dr. Shiva brings a wealth of expertise and deep out-of-the-box thinking to these issues.”

Dr. Shiva’s lecture, “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope” will address the value of diversity in nature and society, as well as how the monoculture of our minds can destroy that diversity at every level. She will share what’s happening to seeds and food, and how “Gardens of Hope” protect seed freedom and food democracy.

“We are excited about the wealth of wisdom and experience from around the world that Dr. Shiva will bring to our community and region,” said Ami Freeberg, Communications and Outreach Manager of Cultivate Kansas City. “We encourage you to learn more about her work with Navdanya, Seed Freedom, Slow Food and other organizations around the globe.”

The lecture is at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Tickets are $8 before April 1, $15 after April 1, and $5 for students. From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill, a sponsor of the event, will offer free Sofritas tacos during a reception for attendees.  The Kanza Group of the Sierra Club is a sponsor for this event.

The conversation with Dr. Shiva will continue at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 during a farm-fresh dinner at Johnson County Community College. Dinner is $50.

“For more than five years, Chipotle has partnered with Cultivate Kansas City to raise awareness of sustainability within the food system, including supporting local and family farms,” said Ben Neis, Chipotle Marketing Strategist for Kansas City. “We’re constantly working to provide more food made with responsibly raised, locally sourced ingredients that are increasingly free of GMOs. As a result, we’re glad to work with Cultivate Kansas City again this year to bring Dr. Shiva and her sustainability message to Kansas City.”

Read more about Dr. Shiva at http://www.cultivatekc.org/events/vandanashiva/.


Urban agriculture is fundamental to building an alternative system for our city. Through growing good food, growing new urban farms, and growing stronger communities, Cultivate Kansas City aims to build a healthier, more economically and environmentally sustainable community. Join us to figure out what you can do to grow the change you want to see in our city. For more information about Cultivate Kansas City, visit cultivatekc.org.

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