Biopiracy

The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623170710

Category: Political Science

Page: 168

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Genetic engineering and the cloning of organisms are “the ultimate expression of the commercialization of science and the commodification of nature.… Life itself is being colonized,” according to renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva. The resistance to this biopiracy, she argues, is the struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity. As the land, forests, oceans, and atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, corporations are now looking for new colonies to exploit and invade for further accumulation—in Shiva’s view, the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals. Featuring a new introduction by the author, this edition of Biopiracy is a learned, clear, and passionately stated objection to the ways in which Western businesses are being allowed to expropriate natural processes and traditional forms of knowledge. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Biopiracy

The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623170702

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 168

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"Internationally renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva argues that genetic engineering and the cloning of organisms are "the ultimate expression of the commercialization of science and the commodification of nature... life itself is being colonized." The resistance to this biopiracy--the use of intellectual property systems to legitimize the exclusive ownership and control over biological resource and biological products and processes that have been used over centuries in non-industrialized cultures--is the struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, Northern capital is now looking for new colonies to exploit and invade for further accumulation--in Shiva's view, the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals. Featuring a new introduction by the author, this edition of Biopiracy is a learned, clear, and passionately stated objection to the ways in which Western businesses are being allowed to expropriate natural processes and traditional forms of knowledge. "--

Biopiracy

The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780896085558

Category: Law

Page: 148

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In this intelligently argued and 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.

Biopolitics

A Feminist and Ecological Reader on Biotechnology

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781856493369

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 294

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Biotechnology is the single most powerful bundle of new technologies currently under development. It is also the most intrusive and determinative technology relating to nature generally and the human body specifically. This Reader brings together some of the most important work from feminists and environmentalists critical of the headlong rush into what is likely to prove a technological minefield. As such it will be essential reading for students, scholars and activists in social studies of science, women's studies, development and environmental studies.

Monocultures of the Mind

Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781856492188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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Vandana Shiva has established herself as a leading independent thinker and voice for the South in that critically important nexus where questions of development strategy, the environment and the posititon of women in society coincide. In this new volume, she brings together her thinking on the protection of biodiversity, the implications of biotechnology, and the consequences for agriculture of the global pre-eminence of Western-style scientific knowledge.In lucid and accessible fashion, she examines the current threats to the planet's biodiversity and the environmental and human consequences of its erosion and replacement by monocultural production. She shows how the new Biodiversity Convention has been gravely undermined by a mixture of diplomatic dilution during the process of negotiation and Northern hi-tech interests making money out of the new biotechnologies. She explains what these technologies involve and gives examples of their impact in practice. She questions their claims to improving natural species for the good of all and highlights the ethical and environmental problems posed.Underlying her arguments is the view that the North's particular approach to scientific understanding has led to a system of monoculture in agriculture - a model that is not being foisted on the South, displacing its societies' ecologically sounder, indigenous and age-old experiences of truly sustainable food cultivation, forest management and animal husbandry. This rapidly accelerating process of technology and system transfer is impoverishing huge numbers of people, disrupting the social systems that provide them with security and dignity, and will ultimately result in a sterile planet in both North and South, In a policy intervention of potentially great significance, she calls instead for a halt, at international as well as local level, to the aid and market incentives to both large-scale destruction of habitats where biodiversity thrives and the introduction of centralised, homogenous systems of cultivation.

Protect Or Plunder?

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842771099

Category: Law

Page: 146

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Intellectual property rights, TRIPS, patents - they sound technical, even boring. Yet, as Vandana Shiva shows, what kinds of ideas, technologies, identification of genes, even manipulations of life forms can be owned and exploited for profit by giant corporations is a vital issue for our times. In this readable and compelling introduction to an issue that lies at the heart of the socalled knowledge economy, Vandana Shiva makes clear how this Western-inspired and unprecedented widening of the concept does not in fact stimulate human creativity and the generation of knowledge. Instead, it is being exploited by transnational corporations in order to increase their profits at the expense of the health of ordinary people, and the poor in particular, and the age-old knowledge and independence of the world's farmers. Intellectual protection is being transformed into corporate plunder. Little wonder popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO that polices this new intellectual world order, the pharmaceutical, biotech and other corporations which dominate it, and the new technologies they are foisting upon us.

Earth Democracy

Justice, Sustainability and Peace

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1783607769

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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'One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.' The Guardian This book remains one of Vandana Shiva's key works, in which she addresses some of the most pressing issues of our age – the privatization of our natural resources, the looming environmental crisis, and the rising tide of fundamentalism and violence against women. In spite of all this, Shiva still sees cause for hope. Across the globe, a new wave of protest movements are championing alternatives based on inclusion, nonviolence, the free sharing of resources and the reclamation of the commons. Shiva argues that these ideals can serve as the basis for “earth democracy”, and for a more just and sustainable future. This edition features a new preface by the author, in which she outlines recent developments in ecology and environmentalism, and offers new prescriptions for the environmental movement.

Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780896087774

Category: Nature

Page: 145

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A wide range of contributors offer suggestions on how to make food and agriculture more socially and ecologically sustainable, including essays by Prince Charles and Carlo Petrini.

Water Wars

Privatization, Pollution and Profit

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780896086500

Category: Nature

Page: 156

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Examines the effect that historical erosion of common water rights has had on the poor and analyzes how many wars are caused by conflicts over natural resources.

Biodiversity

Social & Ecological Perspectives

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781856490542

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 123

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Soil Not Oil

Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623170435

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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Originally published: South End Press, 2008.

The Vandana Shiva Reader

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813146984

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 364

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"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.

Stolen Harvest

The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813166799

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 152

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For the farmer, the seed is not merely the source of future plants and food; it is a vehicle through which culture and history can be preserved and spread to future generations. For centuries, farmers have evolved crops and produced an incredible diversity of plants that provide life-sustaining nutrition. In India alone, the ingenuity of farmers has produced over 200,000 varieties of rice, many of which now line store shelves around the world. This productive tradition, however, is under attack as globalized, corporate regimes increasingly exploit intellectual property laws to annex these sustaining seeds and remove them from the public sphere. In Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, Shiva explores the devastating effects of commercial agriculture and genetic engineering on the food we eat, the farmers who grow it, and the soil that sustains it. This prescient critique and call to action covers some of the most pressing topics of this ongoing dialogue, from the destruction of local food cultures and the privatization of plant life, to unsustainable industrial fish farming and safety concerns about corporately engineered foods. The preeminent agricultural activist and scientist of a generation, Shiva implores the farmers and consumers of the world to make a united stand against the genetically modified crops and untenable farming practices that endanger the seeds and plants that give us life.

Food Activism

Agency, Democracy and Economy

Author: Carole Counihan,Valeria Siniscalchi

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0857858343

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Across the globe, people are challenging the agro-industrial food system and its exploitation of people and resources, reduction of local food varieties, and negative health consequences. In this collection leading international anthropologists explore food activism across the globe to show how people speak to, negotiate, or cope with power through food. Who are the actors of food activism and what forms of agency do they enact? What kinds of economy, exchanges, and market relations do they practice and promote? How are they organized and what are their scales of political action and power relations? Each chapter explores why and how people choose food as a means of forging social and economic justice, covering diverse forms of food activism from individual acts by consumers or producers to organized social groups or movements. The case studies embrace a wide geographical spectrum including Cuba, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Mexico, Italy, Canada, France, Colombia, Japan, and the USA. This is the first book to examine food activism in diverse local, national, and transnational settings, making it essential reading for students and scholars in anthropology and other fields interested in food, economy, politics and social change.

Who Really Feeds the World?

The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623170621

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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"An in-depth look at agroecology, an alternative to the world's current food crisis" --Provided by publisher.

The Natural Kitchen

Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Deborah Eden Tull

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459618270

Category:

Page: 512

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This quietly revolutionary guidebook picks up where the bestselling Process Self-Reliance Series' The Urban Homestead left off and brings us into the kitchen, where the daily choices we make involving food have a profound impact both on our lives and the world at large. Deborah Eden Tull draws upon years of experience as a monk, organic farmer, and chef to introduce simple but life-changing ways for urbanites to adopt a more mindful relationship with food, from shopping, menu planning, cooking, growing, and storing food, maintaining the kitchen, and eating out, to community food sharing and tips for parents. Beautifully illustrated, practical, and fun, this book is filled with anecdotes and step-by-step instructions to inspire neophytes and experienced homesteaders alike. The Natural Kitchen's introspective and educational journey will inspire action and change forever the way readers relate to food, the environment, and their daily lives.

Making Peace with the Earth

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Fernwood Publishing

ISBN: 9781849649285

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 267

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Making Peace with the Earth outlines how a paradigm shift to earth-centred politics and economics is our only chance of survival and how collective resistance to corporate exploitation can open the way to a new environmentalism."--pub. desc.

Globalization's New Wars

Seed, Water & Life Forms

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biodiversity conservation

Page: 129

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The Book Forcefully Establishes The Relationship Between Globalization As An Economic War, And Militarism And Fundamentalisms As Political And Cultural Wars In The Project Of Global Hegemony. These Wars Have To Do With Ecology And The Ethical Limits To Profit; The Enemies Are Coercive Free Trade Treaties Technologies Of Production Based On Violence.

Road Map for Revolutionaries

Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All

Author: Elisa Camahort Page,Carolyn Gerin,Jamia Wilson

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0399581650

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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A handbook for effective activism, advocacy, and social justice for people of all ages and backgrounds. Are you ready to take action and make your voice heard, but don't know how to go about it? This hands-on, hit-the-ground-running guide delivers lessons on practical tactics for navigating and protecting one's personal democracy in a gridlocked, heavily surveilled, and politically volatile country. If you want to start making a difference but don’t know what to do next, Road Map for Revolutionaries provides the resources needed to help you feel safer, more empowered, invested in, and intrinsic to the American experiment. The book addresses timely topics such as staying safe at protests, supporting marginalized communities, online privacy, and how to keep up the fight for the long term, breaking down key issues and outlining action steps for local, state, and federal levels of government. Visit roadmapforrevolutionaries.com.

Vandana Shiva

Creative Civil Disobedience

Author: Lionel Astruc

Publisher: Actes Sud Editions

ISBN: 9782330081362

Category:

Page: 204

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An icon worldwide for the ecological revolution and a leader of the alter-globalization movement, Vandana Shiva has made teaching by example the basis of her work. Walking the back roads of India alone in the late 1980s in search of traditional seeds threatened by industrial agriculture, she returned leading a procession of 500,000 demonstrators, farmers and activists, and with a network of 120 seed banks in place. Her initiatives have borne fruit on five continents and her legal proceedings against multinational corporations have earned her numerous awards, including the "alternative Nobel prize." Wrapped in her timeless sari of artisanal cotton, she calls upon each of us to become that "little nobody" who con reverse current trends. A doctor of quantum physics and philosophy, her history is marked by commitment, body and soul, to a country currently torn by an intense war for raw materials. Why is a major paradigm shift likely in the coming years ? What role should we play ? How does abundance for some and scarcity for others result in the loss of food sovereignty for everyone ? What is ecofeminism and how does it represent a major opportunity, for men as well as women, and for the planet ? This series of interviews alternately addresses both the major challenges of today and the epic journey of this successor to Gandhi.