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The Vandana Shiva Reader
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"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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. TItle page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. The Gendered Politics of Food
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. 2. Science and Politicsin the Green Revolution
  2. pp. 15-40
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  1. 3. The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. 4. Hunger by Design
  2. pp. 55-70
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  1. 5. Monocultures of the Mind
  2. pp. 71-112
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  1. 6. Toward a New Agriculture Paradigm
  2. pp. 113-138
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  1. 7. Can Life Be Made? Can Life Be Owned?
  2. pp. 139-158
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  1. 8. The Seed and the Earth
  2. pp. 159-178
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  1. 9. Seeds of Suicide
  2. pp. 179-218
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  1. 10. Seed Freedom— What Is at Stake
  2. pp. 219-228
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  1. 11. Food and Water
  2. pp. 229-238
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  1. 12. Soil, Not Oil
  2. pp. 239-276
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  1. 13. The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes
  2. pp. 277-298
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 299-328
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 329-332
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  1. Copyrights and Permissions
  2. pp. 333-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-356
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