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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780896086074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896086074
  • ASIN: 0896086070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A leading thinker who has eloquently blended her views on the

environment, agriculture, spirituality, and women's rights into a powerful philosophy." -- Utne Reader

"One of the world's most prominent radical scientists." -- The Guardian

"Shiva...has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of the ordinary people of India...her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world." -- Ms. Magazine

"Vandana Shiva is a burst of creative energy and intellectual power." -- The Progressive

Shiva's Biopiracy was named a "Break-Through Book" on Intellectual Property in Lingua Franca in July/August 1999 issue. -- The Publisher

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I preferred that book by Shiva than others she co-authored I read.
mcccashew
Vandana Shiva is a physicist by training and an environmental activist who has done massive work in preservation of traditional cultures and farming techniques.
Rakesh Gade
I honestly think that if, if everyone read this book, the world would be a much different place.
S. Nezat

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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on May 18, 2002
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In this remarkable book, Vandana Shiva effectively contrasts corporate command-and-control methods of food production with the small farmer economy that predominates in the third world (especially in her native India). In contast to what many here in the U.S. might perceive as the conventional wisdom, Shiva makes a strong argument that local, small scale agriculture is superior to the agribusiness model for a number of reasons.
First, Shiva points out that many of the productivity gains attributable to the Green Revolution were achieved by dramatically increased inputs of fertilizer, seed and water. When one compares units of input with units of output, however, native practices produce higher yields -- especially when one takes into account the multiple uses derived from a single product.
For example, mustard oil is a vital product used by many of India's poor for cooking, seasoning, medicine and other uses. But it has been banned by the Indian government (under highly suspicious circumstances) in order to allow imports of soybean oil products. While giant corporations benefit from expanded sales, native industries have been destroyed, contibuting to poverty and malnourishment.
Shiva discusses the commercial fishing and aquaculture (shrimp farming) practices that inevitably result in environmental destruction and reduced catches. She compares this short-sighted approach with traditional Indian fishing techniques that have successfully sustained themselves for generations while protecting important ecosystems such as mangrove forests.
Shiva discusses corporate patenting of seeds, which insidiously transforms the cooperative ethic of seed sharing into a criminal offense.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
In Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking Of The Global Food Supply, renowned environmental activist Vandana Shiva charts the impacts of globalized, corporate agriculture on small farmers, the environment, and the quality of the food we eat. Shiva writes about genetically engineered seeds, patents on life, mad cows (and sacred cows), shrimp farming, and more. Stolen Harvest is a passionate, articulate, highly recommended "wake up" call to the public regarding the role of genetic engineering in commercial agriculture, the growing domination of agribusiness with respect to world food supplies, and the need for sound environmental thinking with respect to feeding the burgeoning populations of the world.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Juliana Vander Voort on April 28, 2000
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If you deplore the WTO and MN corporate control over the world's food supply through intellectual property rights and patents on genetically engineered seed - then reading Stolen Harvest is a must. Vandana Shiva brilliantly reveals the current crisis that Indian farmers are facing as Monsanto and other mega corps are jeopardizing the livelihoods of impoverished persons (worldwide) through seed monopoly and a centralized system of agriculture commerce. Shiva discusses the impact of industrial farming and aquaculture on the environment and how it stresses local populations and threatens the diversity of species. A MUST READ!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rakesh Gade on September 9, 2009
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Vandana Shiva is a physicist by training and an environmental activist who has done massive work in preservation of traditional cultures and farming techniques. In an age of multinational corporations taking over of traditional cultures, their lands, their means of livelihood, this book is an eye opener to the range of exploitation done by these corporations on the name of free markets and liberalization.

One gets a sense of being robbed by these corporations the people's commons and deprivation of nature's ability to regenerate and flourish. There are several ways these corporations plunder the environment and the lives of the poor. Vandana first takes up the case of seed security in third world countries. Corporation like Montaso try to get patents for breeding techniques that have been in existence for centuries in these cultures. These corporate try to usurp the traditional practices and aim at dependency of the farming communities on their seeds that are genetically modified. Traditionally different varieties of seeds are exchanged between farmers but the corporations with the help of the WTO offend such practices as crime to the free trade policies. This causes dependency of farmers on genetically engineered seeds and also use of herbicides and pesticides made by the same corporations heavily. The latest seeds sold by Montaso cannot be reusable and can only be used once. They are genetically modified and not reusable.

The corporate greed to make money has no boundaries and the exploitations of nature's resources and livelihood of the poor has no limits. The corporate supports monoculture of farming like soybeans which are dumped from United States to third world countries. The poor who depend on local industry and local farming are displaced of livelihood.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 12, 2008
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I was shocked and angered at the pervasivness of corporate influence in the food we eat. The well being of people seems to be not much more than an afterthought. Dr. Shiva is very articulate in framing the consequences of the Monsanto's and Cargill's of the world and how they are systematicly robbing poor countries of their ability to survive without them. Poorer countries have been self sustaining for centuries developing specific strains of seed to survive in specific areas. It is almost unfathomable that any law could be created at the behest of a corporation that would make sharing seed among farmers illegal!! Easy to read,easy to understand. Dr.Shiva has indeed opened my eyes to the true nature of big corporate factory farms and the actual and potential damage which threatens mankind all in the quest for profits. I highly recomend this book to anyone under the illusion that the American food supply is safe.
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