Changing the climate

Soil not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Food Insecurity is Vandana Shiva's new book to be published by Women Unlimited.

The book is plainspeak from an awoved environmental activist. "Climate change will dramatically alter how we live and is already affecting the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. In Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva connects the food crisis, peak oil, and climate change to show that a world beyond a dependence on fossil fuel and globalization is both possible and necessary. Bold and visionary, Shiva reveals how three crises are inherently linked and that any attempt to solve one without addressing the others will get us nowhere.

Condemning industrial agriculture and industrial biofuels as recipes for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva’s champion is the small, independent farm. What we need most in a time of changing climates and millions hungry, she argues, are sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are more resistant to disease, drought, and flood. Calling for a return to local economies and small-scale food production, Shiva outlines our remaining options; a market-centred shortterm escape for the privileged, which will deepen the crisis for the poor and marginalized, or a people-centred fossil-fuel-free future, which will offer a decent living for all."

Vandana Shiva, who has been called ‘The South’s best-known environmentalist’ is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin and the Slow Food movement. Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. She is the author of many books, including Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed (2007), and Globalization’s New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms (Women Unlimited, 2005).

In our Environment Section, in Paperback, 164pages.
Rs. 225. ISBN: 9788188965553