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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

by Vandana Shiva
     
 

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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

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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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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Biopiracy is a path-breaking work on one of the most important issues of the coming century.… Vandana Shiva's inspiring book is a clarion call … (that) should be widely read and discussed by everyone concerned by the fate of the Earth.”
—Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World and The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
 
“With her characteristic blend of analysis and passion, Vandana Shiva traces the continuity from the European colonization of 'native' peoples … to the present appropriation of the natural resources they need for their physical and cultural survival. An important book that should be read by anyone wanting to understand the global threat posed by the technological transformations of organisms, cells, and molecules and by their exploitation and profit.”
—Ruth Hubbard, professor emerita of biology, Harvard University
 
“Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.”
—The Progressive
 
“One of the world’s most prominent radical scientists.”
—The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896085565
Publisher:
South End Press
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Series:
Ecology and Green Politics Series
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, and a tireless crusader for economic, food, and gender justice. She is the author and editor of many influential books, including Making Peace with the Earth, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil, Stolen Harvest, Water Wars, and Globalization’s New Wars. Dr. Shiva is the recipient of more than twenty international awards, among them the Right Livelihood Award (1993); the John Lennon-Yoko Ono Grant for Peace (2008); The Sydney Peace Prize (2010); and the Calgary Peace Prize (Canada, 2011). In addition, she is a board member of the World Future Council and one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (whose other members include Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, and Jeremy Rifkin). She travels frequently to speak at conferences around the world.

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