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

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  85 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
As the agricultural systems of many countries are poised, as a result of the recent advances in biotechnology for what may soon come to be called the Second Green Revolution, this book is particularly appropriate. Vandana Shiva examined the impact of the first Green Revolution on the breadbasket of India. In a cogent empirical argument, she shows how the 'quick fix' promis ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Zed Books (first published September 28th 1991)
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Graham
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Lakshman Srikanth
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vandana Shiva analyses the Green Revolution and its components very lucidly and with good perspective. She talks about how Green Revolution has become a bane in disguise of a boon!
She touches upon
* how Green Revolution leads to Genetic Uniformity (& how it affects Bio-diversity),
* how it acts against the farmers/peasants (and the marginalised)
* how it leads to greater unrest -especially in Punjab- the place where the First Green Revolution gave tremendous growth with the usage of High Res
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Marc
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Jessica Zu
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Marcy
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Truly brilliant. This should be mandatory reading for all humans. Shiva connects so many crucial strands of environmental politics from the corporate multinationals to the local, cultural elements to the science behind our practices. What was especially enlightening about this book is the depth to which the US--as USAID and the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations--played a significant role in undermining India's food sovereignty in the years just after independence. Not surprising given the US prop ...more
Laura Morriss
Sep 25, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Merinde
Hmm. There were some interesting things about the politics of food production, but I'm not sure how seriously I should take her; http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine...

A recommendation from someone I like but who isn't any more educated on the subject than I am, so I'm taking this one with a grain of salt.
Aparna Bhumi
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
It changed my perspective on technological intervention and development. Green Vs Red is amazing insight.
Mike
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just finished it. As usual, loved the information, but she's got a way of saying the same things over and over again.

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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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