Gaia met Vandana Shiva in the mid eighties when she was fiercely defending indigenous seed varieties and farmers against the Green Revolution’s commercial seed and chemical fertilizers, which had firmly gripped Asia. Gaia worked with Vandana to bring this message to Africa, warning about the Indian experience of the destructive impact of genetically modified crops and chemical inputs. Monsanto, the largest and most aggressive private seed and agro-chemical company in the world, was at this time using South Africa as its entry point to the continent. Vandana is one of the most respected activists against GM, featuring in numerous documentaries on the subject – including Gaia’s 2012 film Seeds of Freedom and the most recent US documentary Seed: The Untold Story. She has written numerous publications exposing the impact of GM on farmers in India and beyond, and her organization Navdanya supports small scale farmers across India.