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

by Vandana Shiva

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Vandana Shiva examines the impact of the first Green Revolution on the breadbasket of India. In a cogent empirical argument, she shows how the "quick fix" promise of large gains in output pushed aside serious pursuit of an alternative agricultural strategy grounded in respect for the environmental wisdom of peasant systems and building an egalitarian, needs-oriented agriculture consistent with the village-based, endogenous political traditons of Gandhism.

Dr. Shiva documents the destruction of genetic diversity and soil fertility that resulted, and in highly orginal fashion shows how the Green Revolution also contributed to the acute social and political conflicts now tearing the Punjab apart.

Contents:

  • Introduction
    1. Science and Politics in the Green Revolution  
      The Green Revolution and the Conquest of Nature
      The Green Revolution and the Control of Society
    2. 'Miracle Seeds' and the destruction of Genetic Diversity  
      How the Green Revolution makes Unfair Comparisons
      The Myth of the High Yielding Variety
      Genetic Uniformity and the Creation of New Pests
    3. Chemical Fertilizers and Soil Fertility  
      Voracious Varieties
      Diseased and Dying Soils
      The Return to Organic Inputs
    4. Intensive Irrigation, Large Dams and Water Conflicts  
      Thirsty Seeds
      Large Dams and the Centralisation of Poltical Power
      Inter-state Water Conflicts and the Elusive Search for Equity
    5. The Political and Cultural Costs of the Green Revolution  
      The Economic Costs: A narrow and shortlived prosperity
      Communalising the Farmers'Protests
      Development, Social Disintegration and Violence
    6. Pepsico For Peace? The Ecological and Political Risks of the Biotechnology Revolution  
      Pepsico for Peace?
      Seeds of Ecological Vulnerability
      Seeds and Dependency
      Seeds of Insecurity, Seeds of Violence
    7. The Seed and the Spinning Wheel: The Political Ecology of Technological Change  
      Colonisation and the Spinning Wheel
      The Colonisation of the Seed
      Biotechnology Development and Biodiversity Conservation Patents, Intellectual Property and the Politics of Knowledge

About the Author:

A world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), Shiva has authored several books, most recently Earth Democracy, and contributed to numerous anthologies. Activist and scientist, Shiva leads, with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, the International Forum on Globalization. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.

 

 





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Title: The Violence of Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics
Author(s): Vandana Shiva
Year of Publication: 1992
Bibliographic Information: 264 pages; Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Format: Soft Cover
Language: English
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