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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This is so ludicrous yet so ubiquitous. Shiva’s informed eco-feminism and intellectual grasp of the issues always impresses.

knowledve At the species level, this reductionism puts value on only one species—humans—and generates an instrumental value for all others. Columbus set a precedent when he treated the license to conquer non-European peoples as a natural right of European men.

I agree with her, but I think some of the work is too polemical to be taken seriously by people who don’t share her sympathies. Oct 01, Jayakumar Baradwaj rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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The main contribution of the ecology movement has been the awareness that there is no separation between mind and body, human and nature. May 24, Pages Buy. Mick Cornett and Jayson White. So the message may be lost on those who perhaps would do best to listen to her.

The transformation of value into disvalue, labour into nonlabour, knowledge into non-knowledge, is achieved by two very powerful constructs: Jon MeachamJeffrey A. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

And that is valid, just as important as the ethical stuff. They are resilient one of the latest buzzwords and adaptable, all those things being praised by the new thinking around networks and connectivity being written about by Fritjof CapraNabeel Hamdipermaculturiststransitionistsand slime mould enthusiasts among others.


Stay in Touch Sign up. Books by Vandana Shiva. An punder book that should be read by anyone wanting to understand the global threat posed by the technological transformations of organisms, cells, and molecules and by their exploitation and profit. Grace is likely to be followed by other patent- holding companies.

For centuries, the Western world ignored the neem tree and its properties: These new colonies are, in my view, interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants and animals. There’s a serious lapse in logic where Shiva links hunger in Bengal to little kids refusing food without their yummy mustard oil.

Oct 06, Mallee Stanley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 18, Isaac rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Its devaluation of the processes of regeneration are the causes of both the ecological crisis and the crisis of sustainability. thr

From the Trade Paperback edition. Again to the subject of violence: It’s not fair for corporations to enter indigenous communities, take advantage of people’s trust and generosity with their knowledge, and extract compounds from known medicinal plants to make billions of dollars while leaving the original sources of knowledge – the communities and their leaders and elders – in poverty.

The creativity of modern scientists in university of corporate laboratories who find ways to use living organisms to generate profits. Feminists spent years fighting these types of connections between women and “Nature” only to have to contend with social critics on the same side use them as well in unfortunate ways.

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The land titles issued by the pope through European kings and queens were the first patents. On the Border of Truth. Monocultures of species and biodiversity erosion are the inevitable consequences of reductionist thought in biology, especially when applied to forestry, agriculture, and fisheries.


The violence against nature, and the disruption of its delicate interconnections, was a necessary part of denying its self-organizing capacity. Also by Vandana Shiva.

Wilbert rated it really liked it Apr 13, Looking for More Great Reads? In Praise of Thee. Grace’s processing plant the ‘world’s first neem tree-based biopesticide facility.

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. The peoples and nations that were colonized did not belong to the pope who plundsr them, yet this canonical jurisprudence made the christian monarchs of Europe rulers of all nations, ‘wherever they might be found and whatever creed they might embrace.

How international institutions and governments promote this theft and abuse. And that is valid, just as important a Vandana Shiva is an incredibly strong, intelligent, passionate, and awesome woman, and when I read her stuff I get swept up in her ideas, in her point of view. It’s clear to me from this book that there need to be well-defined, intermediate forms of property rights, between private and common pool – such as a democratically governed property right held on the level of bippiracy community, or a federation of communities if the knowledge is spread over a wide range.

A must-read for anyone interested in social justice, big Pharma, and the legacy of colonialism. The Indian cottage industries’ Organization Khadi and the Village Industries Commission have been using and selling neem products for 40 years.