Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

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In this intelligently argued and ethically principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North's ongoing assault against the South's biological and other resources. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants,...
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Overview

In this intelligently argued and ethically principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North's ongoing assault against the South's biological and other resources. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals.

Under agreements such as GATT, she argues, the North claims a need to be "protected" from the South so it can continue its uninterrupted theft of the Third World's genetic diversity. This theft, Shiva shows, has profoundly disturbing consequences for women, the Third World, and the environment.

With specific considerations of gene-patenting, genetic engineering, and biotechnology, Biopiracy is essential reading for anyone concerned with technology, imperialism, feminism or the environment.

The ecological, social and ethical implications of genetic engineering are examined in Vandana Shiva's Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge. This thought-provoking study by the director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy sees 1971 as a benchmark year, when the first patent on life was issued, and claims the burden of these new technologies falls on women, plants and animals. The author fills her book with intriguing ideas on what it means to be "man-made."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896085565
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Ecology and Green Politics Series
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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A world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), Shiva has authored several bestselling books, most recently Earth Democracy. Activist and scientist, Shiva leads, with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, the International Forum on Globalization. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Piracy Through Patents: The Second Coming of Columbus 1
Ch. 1 Knowledge, Creativity, and Intellectual Property Rights 7
Ch. 2 Can Life Be Made? Can Life Be Owned?: Redefining Biodiversity 19
Ch. 3 The Seed and the Earth 43
Ch. 4 Biodiversity and People's Knowledge 65
Ch. 5 Tripping Over Life 87
Ch. 6 Making Peace with Diversity 101
Ch. 7 Nonviolence and Cultivation of Diversity 119
Notes 127
Index 135
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