With her characteristic blend of analysis and passion, Vandana Shiva traces the continuity from the European colonization of `native` peoples... to the present appropriation of the natural resources they need for their physical and cultural survival. An important book that should be read by anyone wanting to understand the global threat posed by the technological transformations of organisms, cells, and molecules and by their exploitation for profit.` - Ruth Hubbard, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Harvard University
`Biopiracy is a path-breaking work on one of the most important issues of the coming century... Vandana Shiva`s inspiring book is a clarion call... [that] should be widely read and discussed by everyone concerned with the fate of the Earth` - Jeremy Rifkin
Vandana Shiva`s book shows how Western powers, following in the footsteps of Columbus, are using patenting and genetic engineering to re-colonize the Third World. Denying the value of indigenous knowledge developed over many generations, the West is attempting to colonize life itself. The author argues that we must struggle to protect biological and cultural diversity, and that this will best be brought about by our developing and supporting self-organized communities based on decentralization, local democratic control of resources, social justice and peace.
Vandana Shiva is one of the world`s most dynamic and provocative thinkers on the environment, women`s rights and international affairs. A physicist, ecologist and activist, she won the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the alternative Nobel Prize) in 1993. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology.