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Hmm There were some interesting things about the politics of food production, but I m not sure how seriously I should take her recommendation from someone I like but who isn t any educated on the subject than I am, so I m taking this one with a grain of salt. 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 Response Variety of Seeds, how Intensive Irrigation which is a mandatory requirement for Green Revolution causes major troubles like Desertification by ground water receding in some parts or by water logging in other areas , how it brings about conflicts between classes communities, amongst states amongst the State and Centre Lucidly explained is the blind eye that we turn towards the actual cost of Green Revolution which has in fact substantiated by the author proved to be counter productive and how it has actually caused a lot of distress vis a vis food security A good read for anyone who wants a critique of agrarian revolutions in the global south. 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 pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and additional water The widespread uniformity, and hence loss of diversity, left the crops vulnerable to new pests and new diseases, whereas the old system of diversity and crop rotation dealt with pests sufficiently These new pests and diseases increased the need for pesticides and herbicides The Green Revolution, originally instated as a means of counter revolution, to kill any potential that rural Indian farmers might become communists, has caused many social ills, suicide and violence Are you interested in the implications of genetic modification in India Read this book 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 technology.Capitalism has a hidden history of denying people s right to create new property rights, western science and technology also has a hidden history, a history of denying people s creativity and intelligence to create esoteric expertise.It is time for a change, a change of direction and a change for a constructive way of life. The book now is 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 have been boiled down to two longer papers As it is, it takes something away from the reading experience Further Shiva appears to treat water during the last third of the book, criticizing rightfully the detestable bio piracy by the Multinationals but not displaying the same profundity of arguments as before. 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 propensity to do this around the globe, but that it happened in India that long ago was quite a revelation for me. 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 guess is an attempt to get her point across in no uncertain terms, she repeats the same concepts and phrases many times throughout the text This I found to be rather annoying. I read this book in less than a day It was both detailed but also broadly applicable to my own work and research which is in a different context If you are interested in reading about a different narrative or position of the Green Revolution in Asia particularly Punjab, India this is the book for you At times, the lessons and detailed charts and pieces were a bit repetitive, but a really quick read as a critical alternative look into domineering often mythical stories about the successful development of the Green Revolution in India, including a brief historical narrative. ^READ PDF ☝ The Violence of Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics ⇵ 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 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 prientated agriculture consistent with the village based, endogenous political traditions of Gandhism Dr Shiva documents the destruction of genetic diversity and soil fertility that resulted and in highly original fashion shows how the Green Revolution also contributed to the acute social and political conflicts now tearing the Punjab apart Set in the context of a sophisticated critique of the privileged epistemological position achieved by modern science, whereby it both aspires to provide technological solutions for social and political problems while at the same time disclaiming responsibility for the new problems which it creates in its wake, the author looks to the future in an analysis of a new project to apply the latest Gene Revolution technology to India and warns of the further environmental and social damage which will ensue.