Dr. Vandana Shiva –
Author “Stolen Harvest”, Eco-Feminist, Physicist & founder of Navdanya
Identified by Time Magazine as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and as one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia by Asia Week, Dr. Vandana Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. Among her many awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993), Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of UN and Earth Day International Award. (Continue reading…)
Dr. Murray Waldman – Author “Dying for a Hamburger,” Physician
Dr Murray Waldman, a Toronto emergency and family doctor, was the Investigating Coroner with the Chief Coroner of Ontario from 2000 – 2007.He has published numerous articles on emergency and medical ethics for the Toronto Star, the Journal of Emergency Medicine and the Canadian Medical Association. He writes a bi-weekly column, Critical Care, for the Toronto Star, and is the author of “Dying for a Hamburger – The alarming link between the meat industry and Alzheimer’s disease.” (Continue reading…)
Cam Ostercamp – President, Beef Initiative Group & Cattle Rancher
Shortly after the BSE crisis in May 2003, cow/calf producer Cam Ostercamp, 52, from Blackie, Alta., penned the critical article “Behind the Veil of Science” outlining how the mishandling of the crisis could lead to the downfall of the Canadian beef industry. (Continue reading…)
Swami Agnivesh – Human Rights Activist, spiritual advisor, “Secular” Swami
This unusual swami (religious teacher) has been consistently doing battles on behalf of the poor, the weak and the defenseless of India. Agnivesh’s campaigns have led him to fight alcoholism, female foeticide, bonded labour, child labour as well as struggle for the emancipation of women. (Continue…)
Maneka Gandhi – Politician, Journalist, Activist
Maneka Gandhi (née Anand; born 26 August 1956) is an Indian politician, animal rights activist, environmentalist, former journalist and the widow of influential Indian politician, Sanjay Gandhi. She has been a minister in four governments, and has authored a number of books in the areas of etymology, law and animal welfare. Maneka Gandhi is an estranged member of the Nehru-Gandhi Family. (Continue…)
Dr. Nettie Wiebe – Philosophy Professor, Organic Farmer & Past-President of the NFU
Nettie Wiebe farms with her partner at Laura, Saskatchewan, growing organic grains, oilseeds and pulse crops as well as raising cattle. Dr. Wiebe teaches ethics at St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan.
A former president of the National Farmers’ Union (the first woman to lead a national farm organization in Canada), Wiebe is an active participant in public policy forums across Canada and around the world speaking on such issues as sustainable agriculture and rural communities, trade agreements, women’s equality, human rights, peace, economic and environmental issues, and food security.
Dr. Wiebe was an MP candidate in one of the tightest races in the 2008 Canadian federal election.
D.N. Jha – Indian History Professor and Author “The Myth of the Holy Cow”
Dwijendra Narayan Jha is an Indian historian, specializing in Ancient and Medieval India, Professor of History at Delhi University, and member of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Jha’s has repeatedly taken posiiton against Hindu nationalist ideology, arguing against what he claims is “communalism” and “saffronisation” during the 1998 to 2004 BJP government of the Republic of India.
Jha has received death threats over his Myth of the Holy Cow, where he dispels popular allegations that “Muslims introduced beef-eating to the Indian subcontinent”