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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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva

Nov 11, Matteo rated it liked it Shelves: Pounder for the Many. The Essential Debate on the Constitution. Valuable insights, but the book is mainly preaching to the converted.

This is such a key insight on the intrinsic connection between violence and capitalism, the ways that violence against nature is mirrored by and indivisible from violence against society.

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 ;lunder their leaders and elders – in poverty.

Too many plain wrong facts to support unstable arguments.

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Again to the subject of violence: Patents are still the means to protect this piracy of the wealth of non-Western peoples as a right of Western powers” 5. The land titles issued by the pope through European kings and queens were the first patents. Another definition I quite love, and hope to think through more are these conceptions of ideological boundaries defined and contested: A must-read for anyone interested in social justice, big Pharma, and the legacy of colonialism.


You want ammunition to win the argument that all these acronyms are evil? After some research into this author’s background I will not be reading any more of her books. The colonizer’s freedom was built on the slavery and subjugation of the people with original rights to the land. Jun 17, Roger Green rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. John Locke’s treatise on property effectually legitimized this same process of theft and robbery during the enclosure movement in Europe.

Mick Cornett and Jayson White. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns. Patents on life enclose the creativity inherent in living systems that reproduce and multiply in self-organized freedom.

I think she had some of her facts wrong. 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.

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This included nature, non-Western societies, and women. This politics of connection and regeneration… 66 4.

Shiva is definitely a great source on the subject and does a beautiful job of interrelating the feminist struggle with the subjugation of our earth. There is plenty in this chapter about such things, if you needed more ammunition for your Monsanto-driven fury. And that is valid, just as important as the ethical stuff. Chandler rated it it was amazing.


Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

According to Locke, only those who own capital have the natural right to own natural resources, a right that boipiracy the common rights of others with prior claims. Patents on life, genetic engineering, and Intellectual Property Rights, are the biopirates’ – Cargill, Monsanto, the WTO, Western governments, etc – hooks, swashbuckles.

Should be read by everyone, since the issue does concern all of us. The land, the forests, the rivers, the oceans, and the atmosphere have all been colonized, eroded, and polluted.

Cracking the AP U. Second, by allowing the patenting of future generations of plants and animals, the self-reproducing capacity of living organisms is denied. natrue

Alex Ciccone rated it liked it Aug 25, An Amazing work by Dr. Sep 23, Jessica Laine rated it liked it.

Unfortunately, as it happens with many works of such political controversy, Shiva may just be preaching to the choir.