Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge

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South End Press, 1997 - Law - 148 pages
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In this intelligently argued and 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.
 

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Clear, provocative and simply inspiring. Should be read by everyone, since the issue does concern all of us.

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Contents

Knowledge Creativity and Intellectual Property Rights
7
Can Life Be Made? Can Life Be Owned? Redefining Biodiversity
19
The Seed and the Earth
43
Biodiversity and Peoples Knowledge
65
Tripping Over Life
87
Making Peace with Diversity
101
Nonviolence and Cultivation of Diversity
119
Notes
127
Index
135
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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.

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