In this intelligently argued and principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North’s. Book review. Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and. Knowledge. PETE BSUMEK. Few scientific terms have resonated with our culture like the term ` biodiversity’. Biopiracy. The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge. by Vandana Shiva are being allowed to expropriate natural processes and traditional forms of knowledge.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. 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: Nature was transformed into dead and manipulable matter.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

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. In Shiva’s case, she equates colonialism with biopiracy.

Capital is thus defined as a source of freedom that, at the same time, denies freedom to the land, forests, rivers, and biodiversity that capital claims as its own, and to others whose rights are based on their labour. Fred Burton and Samuel Katz. The nature of this violence has changed, but has the same roots and is manifested through all three waves. The creativity of modern scientists in university of corporate laboratories who find ways to use living organisms to generate profits.


Patents are still the means to protect this piracy of the wealth of non-Western peoples as a right of Western powers” 5.

Next time some moron claims that you’re just a dumb kid wanting to riot and don’t know a thing about the WTO, IMF, or how great transnational corporations really are, take out this book and whap them upside the head! There’s a serious lapse in logic where Shiva links hunger in Bengal to little kids refusing food without their yummy mustard oil. The Board argued that neem materials had been in extensive use in India for various purposes since time immemorial, without any known deleterious effects.

This is one of the key transformations I think, and this environmentalist and feminist lens such an interesting angle to look at the issue from: The Indian cottage industries’ Organization Khadi and the Village Industries Commission have been using and selling neem products for 40 years. Oct 24, Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second, by allowing the patenting of future generations of plants and animals, the self-reproducing capacity of living organisms is denied. All sustainable cultures, in their diversity, have viewed the earth as terra mater.

She starts with a very interesting look at the nature of creativity. I’m going to be a little sneaky and start with the summation and quotes from the conclusion as an overview. Should be read by everyone, since the issue does concern all of us.

I have naturf more on the broader ideas and philosophies, though I love that this a book to incite and facilitate meaningful struggle to change these terrifying and unjust world systems. Jan 24, Emma rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Biopiracyplease sign up.


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The Second Coming of Columbus’: For tehse same genes present in food that people are attempting to refrain from eating or demanidning that they be identified, corporate arguments are that they are perfectly natural and therefore harmless. Sinceover a dozen U. It is a useful book and I am glad she wrote it and I read it, but it is hard to ignore the messy argument based on loose comparisons, including where women’s bodies are discussed in the same way as agricultural activities that in some ways draw parallels between women and the land in terms of fecundity.

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Rick Lowery and The Reverend Dr. Just a moment while we sign knlwledge in to your Goodreads account. Nov 11, Matteo rated it liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, as it happens with many works of such political controversy, Shiva may just be preaching to the choir.

Read it Forward Read it first. The Age of Violence. So the message may be If you are interested, or better yet, concerned about what lab science means for the freedom of nature, read this. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.