148 pages, no illustrations
Vandana Shiva's new book, published by Green Books in association with The Gaia Foundation, shows how Western powers, following in the footsteps of Columbus, are using patenting and genetic engineering to re-colonize the Third World. Denying the value of indigenous knowledge developed over many generations, the West is attempting to colonize life itself. The author argues that we must struggle to protect biological and cultural diversity, and that this will best be brought about by our developing and supporting self-organized communities based on decentralization, local democratic control of resources, social justice and peace.
Biopiracy brings a fresh perspective to the current debate on the patenting of life forms and genetic engineeering, from one of the Third World's most respected voices.
"With her characteristic blend of analysis and passion, Vandana Shiva traces the continuity from the European colonization of native peoples [...] to the present appropriation of the natural resources they need for their physical and cultural survival. An important 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 for profit."
- Ruth Hubbard, Professor Emerita of Biology, Harvard University
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