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Biodiversity: Social and Ecological Perspectives
Vandana Shiva, Patrick Anderson, Heffa Schucking, Andrew Gray, Larry Lohman, David Cooper
World Rainforest Movement with ZED Books
ISBN: 967-99987-4-6 124 pages 15x21.5cm
Third World: US$5.00
Others: US$7.00

This book is a collection of essays which argue that the roots of the crisis of genetic erosion lie in the industrial system of the North. It also refutes the notion that biodiversity conservation can only be achieved if commercial interests are used to "value" genetic resources. The authors argue that Third World peasants and forest dwellers have been the guardians and beneficiaries of the world's biodiversity. They warn of emerging biotechnologies which will erode biodiversity by increasing uniformity in production, and imposing intellectural property rights to turn lifforms into private property.

This provocative book also provides a critique of the global biodiversity convention which is being negotiated under the auspicies of the United Nations Environment Programme.

CONTENTS

Introduction

Voices Unheard and Unheeded
Heffa Schucking and Patrick Anderson

Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Profits
Vandana Shiva

The Impact of Biodiversity Conservation on Indigenous Peoples
Andrew Gray

Who Defends Biological Diversity?
Conservation Strategies and the case of Thailand
Larry Lohmann

Genes for Sustainable Development
David Cooper

 


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