- Publisher: South End Press (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896085554
- ISBN-13: 978-0896085558
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 68 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,318,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge Paperback – 1999
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Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author of many books, including Protect or Plunder? Understanding Intellectual Property Rights, Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, and Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Shiva maintains that this system of exploitation, continuing under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, now treats "biopiracy" as a "natural right of Western corporations, necessary for the development of Third World communities." Shiva writes that Western capital is now seeking out new colonies, new properties - the interior spaces of women plants and animals - to invade and exploit. Shiva posits that to understand and fight against "biopiracy" is to resist "the ultimate colonization of life itself - a struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity."
�hBiopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge�h is a fascinating and invaluable book that sheds much-needed light onto the controversies surrounding the ethics of biotechnology.
This is an economically naiive argument that doesn't understand that a resource isn't a resource if no one is using it. The book is basically framed as an argument for wealth transfer to the third world, as if that was the only source in the world of useful resources.
In the end, Shiva is arguing against the very system that allowed the exploitation of natural resources for use by humans. If we had to peel the bark from a tree every time we had a headache, we'd go through a lot of trees- and those in colder climates would be out of luck. But Bayer's asprin patent eventually allowed people the world over to buy the synthetic equivalent for pennies.