Making Peace With the Earth: Beyond Resource, Land and Food Wars
Author: Vandana Shiva
9788188965755 | PB | pp. 276 | 2012 | Women Unlimited
When we think of wars in our times, our minds automatically turn to Iraq and Afghanistan, but the bigger war is the on-going war against the earth. Thus begins Vandana Shiva’s alarming expose of what she believes is an all out capitalistic assault on Mother Earth.
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Wars in the 21st century are wars against the earth; against natural resources like water, soil, forests, minerals, seeds. The global corporate economy based on the idea of limitless growth has become a war economy and the means it uses are instruments of war. Trade wars. Waters wars. Food wars. In a compelling and rigorously documented exposition, Vandana Shiva demolishes the myths propagated by corporate glottalization in its pursuit of profit and power, by demonstrating its flawed assumptions and devastating fallouts.
Consumerism lubricates the war against the earth, corporate control violates all ethical and ecological limits. It promotes technologies of production based on genetic engineering, geo-engineering and toxins. Industrial development that entails the enforced appropriation of land, rivers, mountains, agribusinesses that deplete natures diversity land-grab in Africa, Asia, South America. Exploitation of this order incurs the kind of ecological and economic debt that is unsustainable, unbailable and unbearable. Making Peace with the Earthoutlines how a paradigm shift to earth-centred politics and economics is our only chance of survival and how collective resistance to corporate exploitation can open the way to a new environmentalism of interdependence and earth democracy.
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