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Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms

Vandana Shiva (Author)

In this new age of globalization, the world is increasingly being drawn into new kinds of wars which are far removed from nuclear weapons and mass destruction. These wars have to do with ecology and the ethical limits to profit; the enemies are coercive free trade treaties, technologies of production based on violence, genetic engineering and nano-technologies.

Seed wars, or the control of foodgrains, are being fought through Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) which impose new property rights over seeds, thus taking them beyond the reach of farmers. Water monopolies, sought by multinationals like Coke and Pepsi deny people access to water, both by carving out private property within public water range, and by privatizing public services, increasing the cost of water by 200-300 per cent. Sharing and exchanging biodiversity and its knowledge often gets converted to piracy through process patents by individuals or organizations, who freely appropriate biodiversity knowledge or practice from indigenous communities.

This major new work by the author of the best-selling Staying Alive, and winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, 1993, forcefully establishes the relationship between globalization as an economic war, and militarism and fundamentalisms as political and cultural wars in the project of global hegemony.

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About the author

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International forum on Globalization (IFG) along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin and the Slow Food movement. Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of Navdanya and the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author and editor of many books, including Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed (South End Press, 2007), Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (South End Press, 2005), Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms (Women Unlimited 2005), Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit (South End Press, 2002), Protect Plunder? Understanding intellectual Property Rights (Zed Books, 2001), Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply (South End Press, 2000), Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (South End Press, 1997), Ecofeminism (co-authored with Maria Mies, Kali for Women, Zed Books, 1993), The Violence of the Green Revolution (Zed Books, 1992), and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development in India (Kali for Women, 1988). Before becoming an activist, Vandana Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.

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Bibliographic information

Title Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms
Author Vandana Shiva
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Women Unlimited
Language: English
isbn 8188965170
length xii+129p., Tables; 22cm.