"Her great virtue as an advocate is that she is not a reductionist. Her awareness of the complex connections among economy and nature and culture preserves her from oversimplification. So does her understanding of the importance of diversity." Wendell Berry, from the foreword
Motivated by agricultural devastation in her home country of India, Vandana Shiva became one of the world's most influential and highly acclaimed environmental and antiglobalization activists. Her groundbreaking research has exposed the destructive effects of monocultures and commercial agriculture and revealed the links between ecology, gender, and poverty.
In The Vandana Shiva Reader, Shiva assembles her most influential writings, combining trenchant critiques of the corporate monopolization of agriculture with a powerful defense of biodiversity and food democracy. Containing up-to-date data and a foreword by Wendell Berry, this essential collection demonstrates the full range of Shiva's research and activism, from her condemnation of commercial seed technology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and the international agriculture industry's dependence on fossil fuels, to her tireless documentation of the extensive human costs of ecological deterioration.
This important volume illuminates Shiva's profound understanding of both the perils and potential of our interconnected world and calls on citizens of all nations to renew their commitment to love and care for soil, seeds, and people.
About the Author
Vandana Shiva is the director of Navdanya in India. A physicist, philosopher, and feminist, she is the author of more than twenty books and the recipient of more than twenty international awards.
Table of Contents
Foreword Wendell Berry vii
Introduction: From Quanta to the Seed: An Unpredictable Journey 1
1 The Gendered Politics of Food 9
2 Science and Politics in the Green Revolution 15
3 The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply 41
4 Hunger by Design 55
5 Monocultures of the Mind 71
6 Toward a New Agriculture Paradigm: Health per Acre 113
7 Can Life Be Made? Can Life Be Owned? Redefining Biodiversity 139
8 The Seed and the Earth 159
9 Seeds of Suicide: The Ecological and Human Costs of the Globalization of Agriculture 179
10 Seed Freedom-What Is at Stake 219
11 Food and Water 229
12 Soil, Not Oil 239
13 The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes: Genetic Engineering Is a Failed Technology 277
Appendix: Tables 299
Selected Bibliography 329
Copyrights and Permissions 333