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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John Locke’s treatise on property effectually legitimized this pluncer process of theft and robbery during the enclosure movement in Europe. Molecular biology in her world knowledgs exclusively for profit, and I think a lot of molecular biologists would be offended by that.

This violence not only pushes species toward extinction, but controls and maintains monocultures the,selves. I’m going to be a little sneaky and start with the summation and quotes from the conclusion as an overview. The Age of Violence.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva

Since the land, the forests, the oceans, knowpedge the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: Everywhere in India, people begin their day by using the neem datun toothbrush to protect their teeth with its medicinal and anti-bacterial properties.

Returning private property to the commons is perceived as depriving the owner of capital of freedom. In some parts of India, the new year begins with eating the tender shoots of the neem tree. Refresh and try again.


Chandler rated it it was amazing. Monocultures of species and biodiversity erosion are the inevitable consequences of reductionist thought in biology, especially when applied to forestry, agriculture, and fisheries.

I want to come back to this book in particular to see whether she grounds her anecdotes in replicable science. This ‘labor’ is not physical, but labor in its ‘spiritual’ form, and manifested in the control of capital. Grace is likely to be followed by other patent- holding companies. Therefore, peasants and tribespeople who demand the return of their rights and access to resources are regarded as thieves.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I have focused 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. So the message may be lost on those who perhaps would do best to listen to her. This novelty, however, exists mainly in the context of the ignorance of the West.

It robs us of our capacity for the reverence of lifeā€”and without that capacity, protection of the diverse species on the planet is impossible.

She always has an effective argument. This is the case with this book as well. Rick Lowery and The Reverend Dr.

In other parts, the neem tree is worshipped as sacred. In Shiva’s case, she equates colonialism with biopiracy.

Yet Monsanto and others have been working at it for years. The colonizer’s freedom was built on the slavery and subjugation of the people with original rights to the land.

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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

The War Before the War. Biopiracy is the Columbian ‘discovery’ years after Columbus. Since the hature, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now In this intelligently kbowledge 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.

Looking for More Great Reads? It needed massive and expensive inputs for profit to take place. Stacy rated it really liked it Mar 29, Reader Comments Your name will be published Your email address will not be published Your comment Type the letters appearing in the box below. First, life forms are treated as if they plundeer mere machines, thus denying their self-organizing capacity.

Kf 24, Pages Buy. It is a struggle to protect the freedom of diverse cultures to evolve. Too many plain wrong facts to support unstable arguments. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Oct 19, Nic Paget-Clarke rated it it was amazing.

The freedom for diverse species and ecosystems to self-organize is the basis of ecology. And this violence against nature, in turn, translated into violence in society.

Although traditional knowledge inspired the research and development that led to these patented compositions and processes, they were considered sufficiently novel and different from the original product of nature and the traditional method of use to be patentable.

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