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A denunciation of what global capitalism is doing to agriculture worldwide Treats plenty of frightening issues that deserve attention, like the patenting of traditional plant varieties by multinational companies and trade laws that can make it illegal for farmers to sell seed directly to each other without going through a company Unfortunately, the book is often not organized and clear enough to state precisely what the abuse is that it is denouncing. This is a book that everyone should read It is an education about our food what is happening around the world as we walk through ample grocery store aisles Shiva is an environmentalist, and food activist and we have a responsibility to pay attention. My opinion of Dr Shiva and her work has been on something of a roller coaster since I first discovered her over a decade ago or perhaps on a log flume is a better analogy I have gone from deeply admiring Dr Shiva, to being troubled by her lack of academic rigor, citations, or corroborating evidence, to feeling she is doingharm than good for the environmental movement, through her hyperbolic and frankly sensationalist claims, her aforementioned lack of rigor, and her outright falsifications.Transgenics is an important and controversial field, and we have to accept that a certain amount of fear and uncertainty will accompany any new technology However, while caution, earnest discussion, and vigilance are healthy and wise, recidivism and Luddism must be resisted and countered Having read a large portion of Dr Shiva s work, I am forced to conclude she will not be happy in any world that has not been rolled back to an pre industrial, agrarian society, and preferably one that mimics pre modern India as closely as possible.I understand her fears But I will not accept profiteering, nor baseless claims, such as the implied accusation that international agribusinesses have been responsible for mustard seed oil adulteration in India This claim is preposterous and substantiated by nothing Her claims regarding the ecological impact of transgenics are little better, and her many, many lengthy passages regarding biopiracy are overwrought or misstate the case 1.We must have this conversation, and we must have it publicly But the conversation must be had with facts, not innuendo, suspicion and fear Dr Shiva seems to have no interest in being a part of such a dialogue.A final note, regarding rigor it s unseemly to cite oneself repeatedly and blatantly in a book intended for mass consumption Surely, if the matters discussed are as serious and insidious as Dr Shiva claims, she could have found third party corroboration 1 Global Biopiracy Patents, Plants and Indigenous Knowledge, Ikeji Mgbeoji Vandana Shiva is an eco feminist This book is about the ways in which big corporate interests in the food industry are undermining and monopolizing the food supplies around the world Some of this book terrifies me A lot of it saddens me And I am left feeling well, hell, NOW what can I eat This should probably be required reading for everyone. Shiva begins to tell the story of how corporate control of food and globalization of agriculture are robbing millions of their livelihoods and their right to food With her emphasis on Indian agriculture, she begins to say that farming is a the main source of life for 75% of all Indians The increased use of agricultural farming is felt in every society, as small farms and farmers are forced to extinction, monocultures are replacing biodiverse crops, and farming is transformed from the productions of nourishing and diverse foods into the creation of markets for genetically engineered seeds, herbicides, and pesticides Markets are destroyed locally and nationally but expanded globally and the myth of free trade and the global economy becomes a means for the rich to rob the poor of their rights to food and even their right to life Shiva stresses that 70% of the world s people makes their livelihoods by producing food While Shiva does a fantastic job of explaining the role of industrialized and globalized agriculture has within globalization, she fails to touch upon an important topic What can individuals do to help stop the corporate takeover of the world s food supply If we were to take action against the corporate control of food and globalization, it would be an enormous undertaking similar to mobilizing for World War II Stolen Harvest refers to the corporate control over global food, primarily in India The presence of globalized industrial farms in India caused the food grains to be appropriated and exported forcefully The export of food grains continued in spite of the fact that people were going hungry New intellectual property rights regimes, which are being universalized through the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement of the World Trade Organization WTO , allow corporations to usurp the knowledge of the seed and monopolize it by claiming it as their private property This monopolistic control over agricultural production, along with structural adjustment policies that brutally favor exports, results in floods of exports of foods from the United States and Europe to the Third World Over time, this results in corporate monopolies over the seeds and thus robs the farmers of seeds, and the people of their harvest Eatingcheaply on imports is not eating at all for the poor.This book is slim, but does a fantastic job at explaining the role of industrial agricultural in a globalized world This book is for the person eager to learn about industrialized agriculture If you already know a lot about this topic, then skip this one. A must Tried to read it years ago I was in shock and got depressed Time has passed I now knew most of what s inside this book by having read and watch stuff on the subject It s the kind of book that should be a prerequisite at school to wake people up. This book tells an important story of the impact of our current industrial food system on our environment, our culture, and our bodies It is compelling and disturbing It amazes me how easily the American people have relinquished our rights to nutritious and diverse foods without even realizing it This is a quick read that has a lot of important information An example of what I learned in this book cows are herbivores they need roughage However, they are being fed a high protein diet on these big industrial farms, so to compensate for the lack of roughage they are being fed plastic scrubber sponges I didn t believe it at first but found an article in a 1991 Journal of Farm Sciences that this has been determined to be an acceptable solution to the cow s need for roughage Does anyone else find this inhumane and inappropriate Vandana Shiva is an amazing woman to take on such an imposing mission exposing and halting the globalization of food and the genetic engineering of seed Her book could have easily been 3 thick, but in keeping with her get to the point style, she keeps it short The book is loaded with facts and figures with footnotes, and references at the end of each chapter for further scrutiny or investigation, at the reader s discretion I thought I was aware of the dangers of what corporations are doing to the ecosystem, but I had no idea how it impacted so many of the lives of the poor they are supposedly trying to feed and in so many ways She packs a lot of punch in this small book, and will bring manyloyal followers to the bija satyagraha. The main idea of the book is that factoring all the negative externalities of making transgenic crops a viable option in the long run, it simply doesn t make economic or environmental sense Shiva suggests that one way biotech companies like Monsanto make profits is by letting ordinary citizens and farmers shouldering these hidden costs that cannot be easily assessed by short term epidemiological or environmental studies By the time anything close to definitive is made public, most farmers and growers would have been tied down by contractual obligations and financial burdens that the trend would be nearly impossible to reverse It is disconcerting to think that all this started only thirty years and we are arrogant enough to think that the science is mature enough to be applied globally to the things we eat and drink I find Chapter 6 extremely useful in its debunking of some of the myths associated with genetic engineering To be fair though, I think GMO crops have their place, such as making local varietiesnutritious to improve the overall health of impoverished villages and reduce occurrences of preventable birth defects It must be resorted to as a short term solution however and administered as a government programme.Chapter 4 Mad Cows and Scared Cows is the most enlightening chapter It explains the gist of why industrial scale farming and animal husbandry are unsustainable and why they should not be decoupled and be kept small scale The cost of neglecting the sustainable ways of nature often has to be made up with exploitation and abuse, of the growers, the animals and ultimately us the consumers The documentary Food Inc has many scenes depicting what was recounted in this chapter and I highly recommend watching it afterwards.Monsanto and its business practices exhibit that strand of America which is righteous in tone yet pharisaical in practice, highly idealistic in proclamation yet ruthlessly pragmatic in execution in essence, the worst of what the country is It should not be this way Shiva at the end offers us some hope and optimism and at the same time reminds us that change will not come without a fight. In Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva Describes How Industrial Agriculture Steals Food From Nature And Poor People She Urges Us To Reclaim Our Right To Protect The Earth And Her Diverse Species Food Democracy, She Says, Is The New Agenda For Ecological Sustainability And Social Justice