Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed
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“Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.”—The Progressive

Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed is a short, pocket-sized collection that goes to the heart of our existence—what we eat and how we grow it. It covers the questions:


How are seeds cultivated and saved? How far must food travel before reaching our plate? Who gets paid for the food we eat? W...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by South End Press
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Joshua Andert
A good read. A bit dry. I think I am done with the intellectualizing of local food movements and just want to start doing (growing, eaticng, etc...) it myself. Although, I do think the Terra Madre movement is very inmportant and the Manifestos on Food and Seed are essential to propagate. These are ideas that need to become more widespread.

This is a quick simple read. I recommend it to anyone looking for a short read on the crisis that is our food industry and eating habits. The two articles at...more
Talia
I really enjoyed this book. I'm new to the food sovereignty/sustainability movement,but it's something that I am very passionate about. I suspect that someone who was an expert in this area might be a little bored by this book and it doesn't quite provide enough background for someone brand-new to it. But for me, it was perfect.

The book is divided into three sections. The first is most likely a collection of speeches from the Terra Madre gathering that took place in Turin, Italy in October 2004....more
Ben
Just look at the list of authors Vandana Shiva, Michael Pollan, Prince Charles, Carlo Petrini. This book should be on every Slow Foodie's bookshelf. The two manifestos are the main focus of the book, but to provide some context there are stories from Terra Madre (Slow Food event in Italy) and by two people regarding the future of food in the US.

While this book isn't convincing in and of itself, as seen by most of the other reviews, it is nice to have as an ancillary guide while reading other boo...more
jess
Oct 01, 2009 jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, food
"[Grandma:] may not understand the complexities of the internet, but we are the fools who cannot even preserve our summer vegetables so we don't starve in the winter."

I picked up this book because 1. I think Vandana Shiva is one of the greatest minds of our day 2. I care a lot about the future of food & seed 3. The cover art is by Nikki McClure & I like her papercuts.

This book has roots in the Slow Food movement, and is shepherded along by the brilliant words of Vandana Shiva, Michael P...more
sdw
I was really excited to read this book. The table of contents appears as a who’s-who of food justice activism: Vandana Shiva, Michael Pollan, Carlo Petrini, Prince Charles (Prince Charles??). The book can be discussed in 3 different parts. The first is a collection of short essays, probably speeches. While they probably had the audience standing and cheering when read forcefully in public, as a published item, they are shockingly un-substantive. They are repetitive for anyone familiar with food...more
Bart
The manifestos are substanceless. There is nothing really new to the rest of the book either. Prince Charles provides classist analysis, and the last two essays are particularly terrible in the authors' fixations on obesity, and the "poor"/ignorant who just don't have the financial means/knowledge about food to be able to get good local food.

Audience? Jamey Lionette writes, "[L]et's understand what Grandma was doing and realize that she was a lot smarter than we are today. She may not understan...more
cory
this book came out of a slow food conference held in italy. the manifestos (one on food & one on seed) are pretty boring to read, but they represent a consensus of sustainable food activists from a bunch of western countries & a couple of global south countries. there are 2 essays near the end that i really appreciated, one about sustainable food in the US & what we're going to have to give up to get it (e.g. the convenience of shopping at whole foods), and the other by michael polle...more
Marta
If you're already familiar with agribusiness, Monsanto and other ridiculous facts of food in our world, this book will not enlighten you too much. For those just becoming aware of these issues, it can serve as a good introduction. The two manifestos contained mostly common sense recommendations, making me realize again what a screwed up world we live in (that these are considered revolutionary ideas). The chapter on food in the US was also quite useful for it's well-rounded discussion of cheap f...more
Buffy
"From food, all creatures are produced... Beings are born from food, when born they live by food, on being deceased, they enter into food." --Taitreya Upanishad, as quoted by Vandana Shiva. This quote seems to be the springboard for this short collection of essays on the hypocrisies of food production, which, one could argue, form the roots of most of the world's ills. An interesting group of people write -- Michael Pollan, Carlo Petrini (of the Slow Food movement), and even Prince Charles (!!?)...more
Kaan Akşit
Gerçek anlamda sürdürülebilir tarım üzerine okunması gereken çok güzel bir kitap. İnsan ve besin ilişkisinin ne kadar önemli olduğu çok iyi açıklanmış. Tohumların açık ürünler olması gerektiği ve fikri mülkiyete boyun eğmemesi gerektiği çıkarılması gereken önemli derslerden. Toplumun bir parçasıyım ve canlılık kutsaldır diyen herkesin okumasını tavsiye ederim. Öte yandan kitabın çevirisi gerçekten çok doğru yapılmış. Çevirmeni de başarısından ötürü kutlamak isterim. Sayesinde Türkçe güzel bir ka...more
Ruth
Most of the content was already familiar, so it didn't blow me away, but it is nice to know that these people are getting together and writing these manifestos. Also, the book is a convenient pocket-size, good for when you're traveling. Someday maybe they will get some notice from the people in charge, especially the parts about the rights of farmers to save & exchange their own seeds.
Shannan
Once again, a book heavy on what is wrong with the world but light on what we can do about it. I enjoyed the perspective of the Terra Madre group and their desires for food and seed diversity and freedom. It was definitely thought provoking, but I didn't really glean anything about what I can do about the problem.
Arwen Downs
Although I tend to be wary of manifestos in general, the essays in this book were delightfully informative and well-written. For any Boston-area readers, the piece by Jamey Lionette is fun to read because he addresses specifically the problem of local eating in Boston.
Franklin
Too much rhetoric, not enough substance, and it falls back on the old substitution of "democracy" instead of revolution that abolishes capitalism. (The necessity of the latter is shown in http://newsandletters.org/issues/2008....)
Lisa
About the state of Genetically Modified foods and the consequences behind the transitioning of power from the citizens to corporations. Very interesting. Shiva and her contributors write from the heart, and bring a global perspective to food issues.
Heidi
great little livre to read articles from. love the compilation timeless and looking forward to sharing my copy with others. So happy I was able to pick the copy up at a live talk in the maritimes. The energy/enthusiam/criticism & messages there were amazing.
Maria
I really like the idea of "living democracy." It's what I'm all about, but I never had a way to name it. Having her definition at hand helps me talk to other people about my beliefs.
Maja Giannoccaro
Everybody should know about this Manifesto. These points should be tought at school and above all put in action in the society.
Dr. K Reads
This book was used as the basis for a foods class at UC Berkeley (lectures can be found on the UCB tube page).
Jack Ochs
rhetoric is often a bit over-the-top, but an interesting intro to the "slow-food" movement.
Deepthy
Incredibly bold! true - and a must read for all citizens of the world.
Emily
Vandana Shiva kicks ass, and Prince Charles, and Italy.
Gretchen
Maybe I'm too cynical for manifestos?
Laura
Aug 11, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: life, food
A mindful read.
Julie
Dec 09, 2007 Julie added it
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves food
Shelves: manifestos
So the ideas aren't exacty new but it is always good to read people who appreciate the value and true cost of real food and talk about topics like seed saving/collectives, etc. I liked jamey lionette's focus on local (low food miles) and eating seasonally (which is something that i always say i am going to do but then i see bananas and think about how much i love them). What is nice is that it takes a complex international issue and talks about it simply. Would like to read more about agricultur...more
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A major figurehead of the alter-globalization movement as well as a major role player in global Ecofeminism, Dr. Vandana Shiva is recipient to several awards for her services in human rights, ecology and conservation. Receiving her Ph.D in physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1978, Dr. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns.
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