Earth Grab

Earth Grab

Geopiracy, the New Biomassters and Capturing Climate Genes


LISTEN to an interview with author Diana Bronson on Radio Ecoshock.

This three-part book 'pulls back the curtain on disturbing technological and corporate trends that are already reshaping our world and that will become crucial battlegrounds for civil society in the years ahead.'
Vandana Shiva, Founder, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology

'Geopiracy' analyses how Northern governments and corporations are cynically using growing concerns about the ecological and climate crisis to propose geoengineering 'quick fixes'. These threaten to wreak havoc on ecosystems, with disastrous impacts on the people of the global South. As calls for a 'greener' economy mount and oil prices escalate, corporations are seeking to switch from oil-based to plant-based energy.

'The New Biomassters' exposes how a biomass economy based on using gene technologies to reprogramme living organisms to behave as microbial factories will facilitate the liquidation of ecosystems. This constitutes a devastating assault of the peoples and cultures of the South, accelerating the wave of land grabs that are becoming common in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

'Capturing Climate Genes' shows how the worlds largest agribusiness companies including Monsanto, BASF, Dupont and Syngenta are pouring billions of dollars into, and claiming patents on, what are claimed to be 'climate-ready crops'. Far from helping farmers adjust to a warming world – something peasant farmers already know how to manage – these crops will allow industrial agriculture to expand plantation monocultures into lands currently cultivated by poor peasant farmers. These crops are not a solution to growing hunger, they will feed only the gluttony of corporate shareholders for profits.

Title Earth Grab
Subtitle Geopiracy, the New Biomassters and Capturing Climate Genes
Author ETC Group
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading NAT011000 NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BIC Subject Heading KCM Development economics
RNT Social impact of environmental issues
RNU Sustainability
Audience 01 General / trade
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 27 October 2011
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: RNU      93 Thema subject category: RNT      93 Thema subject category: KCM
Includes Index; Bibliography
Format Paperback
Nb of pages X - 170 p. Index . Bibliography .
ISBN-10 0-85749-044-3
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-044-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490445
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490865
Publication Date 27 October 2011
Main content page count 170
Front matter page count (Roman) 10
illustrations, black & white
Dimensions 21.6 x 27.6 cm
Weight 584 gr
List Price £14.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0-85749-086-9
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-086-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490865
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490445
Publication Date 27 October 2011
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
Reference no. BUNPDF
Weight 584 gr
List Price £26.90

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