Soil Not Oil is for the ones who think about the planet Earth, and it’s future. In this book, Vandana Shiva explains everything in excellent style. As I read it, I understood how wrong my education was (and why I learned them in the first place). I was furious and also very hopeful. I added new “corrections” to my dreams. Witnessing a tiny book changing me all of a sudden made me happy.
Soil Not Oil describes the triple crisis that threatens people and the world: the climate, energy and food crisis. This trio is affected by the crises that trigger each other, and as you can guess, the poor are the most affected. While storms broke out in various parts of the world, droughts are experienced in places where we do not think of.
We cut trees to make roads. To create agricultural fields, we wipe off forests to provide gasoline for cars. Cars’ gases pollute the air, and this cycle continues non-stop. It seems like there is no way out from this hell. But what if there is and it is so simple?
Whatever you do, wherever you live, listen to Vandana Shiva. Believe that even if you drive less and use public transport will change a lot. After reading the book, you will better understand how marketing uses true and false information. You will know the best for you and the world. Enjoy!
Soil Not Oil
Soil Not Oil has rapidly become a classic of the environmental movement. In it, Vandana Shiva envisions a world beyond our current dependence on fossil fuels and globalisation. And makes the compelling case that food crises, oil dependency, and climate change are all inherently interlink. Any attempt to solve one without addressing the others is therefore doomed to failure.
Condemning industrial agriculture and biofuels as recipes for ecological and economic disaster. Shiva instead champions small independent farmers. What is need most, in a time of hunger and changing climates, are sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are better able to resist disease, drought, and flooding. Calling for a return to local economies and small-scale agriculture, Shiva argues that humanity’s choice is a stark one: we can either continue to pursue a marker-centred approach which will ultimately make our planet unliveable; or we can instead strive for a people-centred, oil-free future, one which offers a decent living for all.
This edition features a new introduction by the author, in which she outlines recent developments in ecology and so environmentalism, and offers new prescriptions for the environmental movement.
Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author. Based in Delhi, Shiva has written more than 20 books. Shiva is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, and so a figure of the anti-globalization movement.
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