The Violence of the Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics

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Zed Books, 1991 - Business & Economics - 264 pages
The Green Revolution is often touted as being one of independent India's most outstanding achievements. But behind the widely broadcast images of full granaries and an explorable gain surplus lies a grim tale of environmental and social carnage. In this book, already a classic, Vandana shiva, examines the impact of the Green Revolution in the state of Punjab. She documents the destruction of genetic diversity and soil fertility that resulted from the Green Revolution in the State, and also shows how the acute social and political conflicts that eventually emerged tore Punjab apart and continue to simmer. As India gets hopelessly mired in the brave new world of modern agriculture with its interactable problems, this book constitutes a warning about the horrors that lie ahead. It should spur the thoughtful and the concerned towards greater efforts in developing a workable, humane alternative.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Science and Politics in the Green Revolution
19
Miracle Seeds and the destruction
61
Chemical Fertilizers and Soil Fertility
103
Intensive Irrigation Large Dams and Water Conflicts 121 4 Intensive Irrigation Large Dams and Water Conflicts
121
The Political and Cultural Costs
171
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Vandana Shiva is the author of the much-acclaimed Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. Physicist, philosopher and feminist, she is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, Dehradun. She is active in citizens' action against environmental destruction, including the Chipko Movement. She is also the Science and Environment Advisor of the Third World Network.

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