Devika Ghai | Pesticide Action Network
Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Devika Ghai

Organizing Co-Director

Devika (she/her/hers) grew up on a small farm in Northern India where her parents grew hot peppers, garlic, cauliflower, kohlrabi, leafy greens, squashes, flowers, and several kinds of citrus fruit trees. She came to the United States as a college student, where she had the blessing and privilege of getting a world-class education — from the housekeeping staff on her college campus. They generously shared their stories with her, opening her eyes to racial and economic disparities in the United States and turning her into an Organizer. At the same time, Devika was experiencing extreme "culture shock" as she witnessed vast amounts of food waste, alongside extreme poverty and hunger, in the United States. She conducted a year-long research study into food waste on her college campus, and in the process began to learn about industrial agriculture and its many devastating impacts around the world. In the summer of 2010, Devika joined PAN as an intern; she came on staff the following year. She is grateful to be part of the PAN team as well as powerful multiracial coalitions working to transform our agricultural system into one that is ecologically sustainable and socially just. She lives with her dog, cat, partner, and a rotating cast of housemates, in Minneapolis, MN.