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 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. The nature of this violence has changed, but has the same roots and is manifested through all three waves.

Open Preview See a Problem? Patents are still the means to protect this piracy of the wealth of non-Western peoples as a right of Western powers” 5. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: The resistance to this biopiracy, she argues, is the struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity.

We Were Eight Years in Power. I loved it, and am finding it very useful in thinking about how we knolwedge where we are now and just what we are up against as well as where hope lies.

Want naturee Read Currently Reading Read. The Evil Empire Speech, Anything not fully managed or controlled by European men was seen as knowedge threat. Shiva, here, breaks down Western reductionist views of women and biopirach and describes how this view enables the West to plunder the “third world” and appropriate indigenous knowledge–then claim patents and intellectual property rights.


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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva

Monocultures are non-sustainable and vulnerable to ecological breakdown. The creation boundary does to knowledge what the production boundary does to work: Too many plain wrong facts to support unstable plujder.

Creativity became the monopoly of men, who were considered to be engaged in production; women were engaged in mere reproduction or recreation…looked upon as non-productive. There is a problem with the logic and structure of the argument made by an author when a book opens with an exaggeration.

In other parts, the neem tree is worshipped as sacred. 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.

But it was not just the politics bothered me. They enclose the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals. However, her main point is a good one.

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Yet Monsanto and others have been working at it for years. The land titles issued by the pope through European kings and queens were the first patents. The privatization of life is disturbing and unethical and more attention should have been paid at the time of the precedent-setting case on the first patented issued for a living organism, and from then on. Without centralized control and coercive force, this world filled with the richness of diversity cannot be transformed into homogenous structures, and the monocultures cannot be maintained….

What was self-organized was considered wild, out of control, and uncivilized.


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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. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Locke clearly articulated capitalism’s freedom to build as the freedom to steal; property is created by removing resources from nature and mixing them with labor.

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. An important natire that should be read by anyone wanting to understand the global te posed by the technological transformations of organisms, cells, and molecules and by their exploitation and profit.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

An amazing look at biopiracy through multiple lenses – scientific, economical, ethical, cultural, and historical. Oct 06, Mallee Stanley rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

It is a struggle to protect the freedom of diverse cultures to evolve. Sep 18, Isaac rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Molecular biology in her world is exclusively for profit, and I think a lot of molecular biologists tje be offended by that.