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Shiva argues that consumerism lubricates the war against the earth and that corporate control violates all ethical and ecological limits. She takes the reader on a journey through the world's devastated eco-landscape, one of genetic engineering, industrial development and land-grabs in Africa, Asia and South America. She concludes that exploitation of this order is incurring an ecological and economic debt that is unsustainable.
Making Peace with the Earth outlines how a paradigm shift to earth-centred politics and economics is our only chance of survival and how collective resistance to corporate exploitation can open the way to a new environmentalism.
For the farmer, the seed is not merely the source of future plants and food; it is a vehicle through which culture and history can be preserved and spread to future generations. For centuries, farmers have evolved crops and produced an incredible diversity of plants that provide life-sustaining nutrition. In India alone, the ingenuity of farmers has produced over 200,000 varieties of rice, many of which now line store shelves around the world. This productive tradition, however, is under attack as globalized, corporate regimes increasingly exploit intellectual property laws to annex these sustaining seeds and remove them from the public sphere.
In Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, Shiva explores the devastating effects of commercial agriculture and genetic engineering on the food we eat, the farmers who grow it, and the soil that sustains it. This prescient critique and call to action covers some of the most pressing topics of this ongoing dialogue, from the destruction of local food cultures and the privatization of plant life, to unsustainable industrial fish farming and safety concerns about corporately engineered foods. The preeminent agricultural activist and scientist of a generation, Shiva implores the farmers and consumers of the world to make a united stand against the genetically modified crops and untenable farming practices that endanger the seeds and plants that give us life.
Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. They critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women's emancipation, the myth of 'catching up' development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions, including advances in reproductive technology and biotechnology.
In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminist environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration, and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.
The Green Revolution has been heralded as a political and technological achievement -- unprecedented in human history. Yet in the decades that have followed it, this supposedly nonviolent revolution has left lands ravaged by violence and ecological scarcity. A dedicated empiricist, Vandana Shiva takes a magnifying glass to the effects of the Green Revolution in India, examining the devastating effects of monoculture and commercial agriculture and revealing the nuanced relationship between ecological destruction and poverty. In this classic work, the influential activist and scholar also looks to the future as she examines new developments in gene technology.
• Seed Sovereignty, Food Security VANDANA SHIVA
• Fields of Hope and Power FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ & ANNA LAPPÉ
• The Ethics of Agricultural Biotechnology BETH BURROWS
• Food Politics, the Food Movement and Public Health MARION NESTLE
• Autism and Glyphosate: Connecting the Dots STEPHANIE SENEFF
• The New Genetics and Dangers of GMOs MAE-WAN HO
• Seed Emergency: Germany SUSANNE GURA
• GM Soy as Feed for Animals Affects Posterity IRINA ERMAKOVA & ALEXANDER BARANOFF
• Seeds in France TIPHAINE BURBAN
• Kokopelli vs. Graines Baumaux BLANCHE MAGARINOS-REY
• If People Are Asked, They Say NO to GMOs FLORIANNE KOECHLIN
• The Italian Context MARIA GRAZIA MAMMUCINI
• The Untold American Revolution: Seed in the US DEBBIE BARKER
• Reviving Native Sioux Agriculture Systems SUZANNE FOOTE
• In Praise of the Leadership of Indigenous Women WINONA LADUKE
• Moms Across America: Shaking up the System ZEN HONEYCUTT
• Seed Freedom and Seed Sovereignty: Bangladesh Today FARIDA AKHTER
• Monsanto and Biosafety in Nepal KUSUM HACHHETHU
• Sowing Seeds of Freedom VANDANA SHIVA
• The Loss of Crop Genetic Diversity in the Changing World TEWOLDE BERHAN GEBRE EGZIABHER & SUE EDWARDS
• Seed Sovereignty and Ecological Integrity in Africa MARIAM MAYET
• Conserving the Diversity of Peasant Seeds ANA DE ITA
• Celebrating the Chile Nativo ISAURA ANDALUZ
• Seed Saving and Women in Peru PATRICIA FLORES
• The Seeds of Liberation in Latin America SANDRA BAQUEDANO & SARA LARRAÍN
• The Other Mothers and the Fight against GMOs in Argentina ANA BROCCOLI
• Seeding Knowledge: Australia SUSAN HAWTHORNE