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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Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

Another three of her books were sitting on the shelves here, happy days, so I picked this one up. The resistance to this biopiracy, she argues, is the struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity.

The Indian cottage industries’ Organization Khadi and the Village Industries Commission have been using and selling neem products for 40 years.

The creativity inherent in living organisms that allows them to evolve, recreate and regenerate themselves.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva

Columbus set a precedent when he treated the license to conquer non-European peoples as a natural right of European men. Private entrepreneurs, too, have launched neem pesticides, such as Indiara. The Second Coming of Columbus’: Second, by allowing the patenting of future generations of plants and animals, the self-reproducing capacity of living organisms is denied. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Nature consists of the relationships and connections that provide the very conditions for our life and health.


Creativity became the monopoly of men, who were considered to be engaged in production; women were engaged in anture reproduction or recreation…looked upon as non-productive.

An amazing look at biopiracy through multiple lenses – scientific, economical, ethical, cultural, and historical. After pushing people, like in India, off their land in the name of the “Green Revolution” read: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Wilbert rated it really liked it Apr 13, Pluncer and monocultures introduce violence at many levels. I wish this book was better grounded in the valuable work Shiva is engaged in i.

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 bilpiracy And this violence against nature, in turn, translated into violence in society. Vandana Shiva does not provide this comparison, but she does create elaborate arguments on why these tools of transnational corporations, international institutions, and national ones are destroying diversity, community commons, and life.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge – Vandana Shiva – Google Books

Well, it is kind of thin, so grab Ecofeminism instead, and then whap! Grace’s processing plant the ‘world’s first neem tree-based biopesticide facility. While wild analogies are common for plundef cultural critiques, it is unnerving to read them, especially when authors are making useful and much needed arguments.

This is one of the key transformations I think, and this environmentalist and feminist lens such an interesting angle to look at the issue from: In other parts, the neem tree is worshipped as sacred. Biopiracy is the Columbian ‘discovery’ years after Columbus. Its devaluation of the processes of regeneration are the causes of both the ecological crisis and the crisis of sustainability.


Columbus set a precedent when he treated the license to conquer non-European peoples as a natural right of European men. Grace is likely to be followed by other patent- holding companies.

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.

Patenting living organisms encourages two forms of violence.

The peoples and nations that were colonized did not belong to the pope who ‘donated’ them, yet this canonical jurisprudence made the christian monarchs of Europe rulers of all nations, ‘wherever they might be found and whatever creed they might embrace. The colonizer’s freedom was built on the slavery and subjugation of the people with original rights to the land. The land, the forests, the rivers, the oceans, and the atmosphere have all been colonized, eroded, and polluted.

Biopiracy is a learned, clear and passionately stated objection to the ways in which Western businesses are being allowed to expropriate natural processes and traditional forms of knowledge.