Vandana Shiva’s anthology of essays and articles from more than twenty authors centers on revealing how global capitalists wield philanthropy to monopolize and privatize land use and food production. The book argues that capitalism—by virtue of its centrality and lack of recognition of the Earth as a self-organizing system—poses a threat to the essence of humanity. The text’s common assertion is that capitalism is motivated by profit and not only fails to deliver meaningful change but threatens the life-giving and resuscitative interconnections between Indigenous knowledge, sovereignty, and biodiversity. This assertion may be perceived by readers as obvious. However, the ideas gathered in the book echo incontrovertible work demonstrating that Indigenous people view themselves as part of an extended ecological family (Salmón 2000) and that their role in sustainability is largely overlooked.

This comprehensive book connects discussions on food systems to land, nature, diversity, genetic integrity, Indigenous knowledge, and...

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