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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The Bodies in Person. Jun 17, Roger Green rated it really liked it. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This is, of course, connected to power, and Shive argues it is rooted long ago when the facilitating ideas of production and value emerged.

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This politics of connection and regeneration… 66 4. 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. It is a struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity.

Grace is likely to be followed by other patent- holding companies. In the last few years, however, growing opposition anf chemical products in the West, in particular pesticides, has led to a sudden enthusiasm for the pharmaceutical knoeledge of neem. An Amazing work by Dr. Stacy rated it really liked it Mar 29, It’s twenty years old at this point and that unfortunately shows.

Grace of the United States, three by another U. Ecological stability derives from the ability of species and ecosystems xnd adapt, evolve and respond.

Locke clearly articulated capitalism’s freedom to build as the freedom to steel: The creativity of modern scientists in university of corporate laboratories who find ways to use living organisms to generate profits. May 24, Pages.


First, it bjopiracy not reproduce itself, whereas by definition seed is a regenerative resource‚ĶSecond, it does not produce by itself: There’s a serious lapse in logic where Shiva links hunger in Bengal to little kids refusing food without their yummy mustard oil. Clear, provocative and simply inspiring. She always has an effective argument.

Second, by allowing the patenting of future generations of plants and animals, the self-reproducing capacity of living organisms is denied. Vandana Shiva is recipient to several awards for her services in human rights, ecology and conservation.

I’m going natuure be a little sneaky and start with the summation I only recently read her for the first time biopiracj had my giant activist-writer crush, but Biopiracy might have been even better. This non-fiction book deals with the North’s greed over the last years and plunder of the South beginning briefly with colonialism and globalization, but focusing mainly on “free” trade and the frightening impact of patents on genetically modified organisms affecting plants and animals.

The land, the forests, the rivers, the oceans, and the atmosphere have all been colonized, eroded, and polluted. Sep 29, Brian rated it it was ok. Should be read by everyone, since the issue does concern all of us.

It is a struggle to protect the freedom of diverse cultures to evolve. They also enclose the free spaces of intellectual creativity by transforming publicly generated knowledge into private property.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

I’m going to be a little sneaky and start with the summation and quotes from the conclusion as an overview. A must read for anyone wanting to know what’s really going on within trade agreements. Again to the subject of violence: I loved it, and am finding it very useful in thinking about how we arrived where we are now and just what we are up against as well as where hope lies.


Chandler rated it it was amazing. Columbus set a precedent when he treated the license to conquer non-European peoples as a natural right of European men. Intellectual property rights on life forms are supposed to reward and stimulate creativity.

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For centuries, the Western world ignored the neem tree and its properties: Sep 18, Isaac rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This violent takeover was rendered ‘natural’ by defining the colonized people as nature, thus denying them their humanity and freedom. Looking for More Great Reads?

Mick Cornett and Jayson White. Having garnered their patents, and with the prospect of a license form the U. 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 duty to incorporate savages into Christianity has been replaced by the duty to incorporate local and national economies into the global marketplace, and to incorporate non-Western systems of knowledge into the reductionism of commercialized Western science and technology.

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