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

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Set in the context of a sophisticated critique of the privileged epistemological position oachieved by modern science, whereby it both aspires to provide technological solutions for social and political problems while at the same time disclaiming responsibility for the new problems which it creates in its wake, the author looks to the future in an analysis of the new proje ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 15th 1992 by Zed Books
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Graham
A little note on the presentation. There is a bit of repetitiveness, but that allows for each chapter to be read independently.

I think this book is very important, if not the most important book I've read. The accumulated knowledge of 10,000 years is not an object for tampering by foreign interests. The new seeds American scientists introduced to India's most efficient agricultural system in need of no improvement disrupted the delicate balance of ecology, which required external inputs, such as
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Jessica Zu
This book was first published almost 20 years ago and at that time The Guardian called her "one of the most prominent radical scientists". However, I find Dr. Shiva's view not only sensible but also useful in constructing a wonderful postmodern world.
Western science and technology has done enough damage to this planet and to human beings, we need to rein its unrelenting force and restrain them to serve humanity instead of cookie-cutting humanity to fit the agenda of western science and technolog
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Marc
The book now is more that 20 years old but able to drive home some points that still ring true. Especially in regard to agriculture a sustainable approach should be the better one in the long run. Shiva shows how misleading the numbers are and how sometimes good intention (feeding the poor) can have so many detrimental side effects that the opposite is achieved in the long run.

Besides all the strong arguments Shiva makes there is a lot of repetition found in this not very long book that could h
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Laura Morriss
The book as a whole does a good job confronting some very important topics in modern agriculture, specifically those piting scientific study against traditional knowledge. The author's thesis that the violence cause in the Punjab region is not due to religious sectarianism as the Indian government and media would have everyone believe but by problems caused by modernizing the region's farming to reach an unsustainable level of production is both interesting and strong. However, in what I would g ...more
Mike
Just finished it. As usual, loved the information, but she's got a way of saying the same things over and over again.

Recommended
Aparna Bhumi
It changed my perspective on technological intervention and development. Green Vs Red is amazing insight.
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A major figurehead of the alter-globalization movement as well as a major role player in global Ecofeminism, Dr. Vandana Shiva is recipient to several awards for her services in human rights, ecology and conservation. Receiving her Ph.D in physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1978, Dr. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns.
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