biopiracy Vandana Shiva, a prominent scientist, activist, and feminist, has profoundly shifted my thinking about the preservation of biodiversity. In this intelligently argued and principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North’s. Biopiracy. The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge. by Vandana Shiva Biopiracy was named a “Break-Through Book” on Intellectual Property in Lingua Franca.

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From the Trade Paperback edition. While wild analogies are common for postmodern cultural critiques, it is unnerving to read them, especially when authors are making useful and much needed arguments.

Patents on life enclose the creativity inherent in living systems that reproduce and multiply in self-organized freedom.

Vandana Shiva takes a piercing look at a key problem the Third World faces, and really brings home the richness of indigenous livelihoods that are being threatened.

And, by the way, since you mentioned naming names—here is the list of organizations and business involved in creating TRIPs:. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Looking for More Great Reads? The production boundary is a political construct that excludes regenerative, renewable production cycles from the domain of production…When economies are confined to the marketplace, self-sufficiency in the economic domain is seen as economic deficiency.

And that is valid, just as important as the ethical stuff. Nature was transformed into dead and manipulable matter. Chandler rated it it was amazing. Women, Ecology and Development. The freedom for diverse species and ecosystems to self-organize is the basis of ecology. Monocultures are non-sustainable and vulnerable to ecological breakdown. May 15, Zrinka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Adopted inShiva notes that it was conceived by representatives of 12 of the largest corporations in the world with no democratic input from farmers, environmentalists, or other interested groups.


John Locke’s treatise on property effectually legitimized this same process of theft and robbery during the enclosure movement in Europe. The land, the forests, the rivers, the oceans, and the atmosphere have all been colonized, eroded, and polluted.

The main contribution of the ecology movement has been the awareness that there is no separation between mind and body, human and nature. Reductionism biology is multifaceted.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

This included nature, non-Western societies, and women. 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: Sinceover a dozen U.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. It enabled the competition of subsidized commercial farming to deprive traditional farmers of their livelihoods. Sep 18, Isaac rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Lists with This Book. It is a struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity. Acknowledgment of these feelings is an important step in the realization that the Western World has infringed on human rights and ecological balance.

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This violent takeover was rendered ‘natural’ by defining the colonized people as nature, thus denying them their humanity and freedom. The commodified seed is ecologically incomplete and ruptured at two levels: Vandana Shiva does not provide this comparison, but she does create elaborate arguments on why these tools of transnational corporations, international institutions, and national ones are destroying diversity, community commons, and life.


She has contributed to a vital dialogue about the effects of globalization and the silent tragedies that are occuring every day because of strange business practices and the relentless politics of the new manifest destiny. The creativity inherent in living organisms that allows them to evolve, recreate and regenerate themselves.

Without regeneration, there can be no sustainability. The privatization of life is disturbing and unethical and more attention should have been paid at the time of the There is a problem with the logic and structure of the argument made by an author when a book opens with an exaggeration.

The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. In another example, pharmaceutical companies applied for intellectual rights over a common medicinal plant called Neem in India.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge: Vandana Shiva: : Books

Can Life Be Made? Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Again to the subject of violence: