Set in India, SCIENCE FOR SURVIVAL looks at a people’s movement – spearheaded by ex-nuclear physicist turned activist and ecologist Vandana Shiva – that has grown up against the perceived threat of ‘reductionist Western science’. In India, argues Vandana, the introduction of high yielding crop varieties has failed to take women’s knowledge of seeds into account. “A science which does not respect nature’s needs and a development which does not respect people’s needs inevitably threatens survival,” she claims. But is there a meeting point, the film asks, between Western science and indigenous knowledge? Silk technologist Prabha Shekar claims that, if done sensitively, the fusion of modern science with indigenous knowledge can provide a powerful way forward for poor communities.
Films in this series