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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

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Publisher Comments:

In this intelligently argued and ethically 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. 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 interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals.<P>Under agreements such as GATT, she argues, the North claims a need to be "protected" from the South so it can continue its uninterrupted theft of the Third World's genetic diversity. This theft, Shiva shows, has profoundly disturbing consequences for women, the Third World, and the environment.<P>With specific considerations of gene-patenting, genetic engineering, and biotechnology, Biopiracy is essential reading for anyone concerned with technology, imperialism, feminism or the environment.

Book News Annotation:

Argues that the intellectual property provisions of the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade, the World Trade Organization, and other international institutions perpetuates the assumption that Europeans have the right to appropriate the natural world and extends it into new frontiers such as genetic codes, and life- forms from microbes and plants to animals, including humans. Paper edition (unseen), $14.00.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

A world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), Shiva has authored several bestselling books, most recently Earth Democracy. Activist and scientist, Shiva leads, with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, the International Forum on Globalization. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780896085565
Author:
Shiva, Vandana
Publisher:
South End Press
Author:
Shiva, Vandana, Interviewee
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Plants, cultivated
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Foreign trade regulation
Subject:
Biotechnology -- Patents.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
19990731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
148
Dimensions:
8.86x5.63x.59 in. .73 lbs.

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