The Vandana Shiva Reader

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 27, 2015 - Technology & Engineering - 364 pages

"Her great virtue as an advocate is that she is not a reductionist. Her awareness of the complex connections among economy and nature and culture preserves her from oversimplification. So does her understanding of the importance of diversity." -- Wendell Berry, from the foreword

Motivated by agricultural devastation in her home country of India, Vandana Shiva became one of the world's most influential and highly acclaimed environmental and antiglobalization activists. Her groundbreaking research has exposed the destructive effects of monocultures and commercial agriculture and revealed the links between ecology, gender, and poverty.

In The Vandana Shiva Reader, Shiva assembles her most influential writings, combining trenchant critiques of the corporate monopolization of agriculture with a powerful defense of biodiversity and food democracy. Containing up-to-date data and a foreword by Wendell Berry, this essential collection demonstrates the full range of Shiva's research and activism, from her condemnation of commercial seed technology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and the international agriculture industry's dependence on fossil fuels, to her tireless documentation of the extensive human costs of ecological deterioration.

This important volume illuminates Shiva's profound understanding of both the perils and potential of our interconnected world and calls on citizens of all nations to renew their commitment to love and care for soil, seeds, and people.

 

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Contents

From Quanta to the Seed An Unpredictable Journey
The Gendered Politics of Food
Science and Politics in the Green Revolution
The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
Hunger by Design
Monocultures of the Mind
Health per Acre
Can Life Be Made? Can Life Be Owned? Redefining Biodiversity
Seed FreedomWhat Is at Stake
Food and Water
Soil Not
Genetic Engineering Is a Failed Technology
Tables
Selected Bibliography
Copyrights and Permissions
Index

The Seed and the Earth
The Ecological and Human Costs of the Globalization of Agriculture

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Vandana Shiva is the director of Navdanya in India. A physicist, philosopher, and feminist, she is the author of more than twenty books and the recipient of more than twenty international awards.

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