Soil, Not Oil

Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity

Vandana Shiva

New Edition


Outlines a bold and compelling vision for a world liberated from our dependence on fossil fuels and globalization. 

'One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.'
The Guardian

This book is classic of the environmental movement. In it, Vandana Shiva envisions a world beyond our current dependence on fossil fuels and globalization, and makes the compelling case that food crises, oil dependency and climate change are all inherently interlinked. 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 needed 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 market-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 environmentalism, and offers new prescriptions for the environmental movement.

Author Bio

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker and director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology and Ecology.  Her many books include EcofeminismEarth Democracy and Staying Alive. She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (1993).

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the 2016 Edition
  • Introduction: Triple Crisis, Triple Opportunity
  • 1. Politics of Climate Change
  • 2. Sacred Cow or Sacred Car
  • 3. Food for Cars or People
  • 4. Soil, Not Oil
  • Conclusion: Unleashing Shakti: Our Power to Transform


'One of the world's most prominent radical scientists'
The Guardian

'This book wakes us up to some of the fundamental realities of food production on which we all depend … should be essential reading for all students of community development.'
Community Development

'A world leading expert on food sustainability.'
Refinery 29

'Shiva has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of ordinary people in India.'
Ms Magazine

'The South's best known environmentalist.'
New Internationalist

'Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.'
The Progressive


Publication Date: 15 May 2016
176 pages

Not available in: Canada, India, United States

Product ISBNs: Paperback 2nd Edition: 9781783607709
Hardback 2nd Edition: 9781783607785
eBook ePub 2nd Edition: 9781783607723
eBook PDF 2nd Edition: 9781783607716
eBook Kindle 2nd Edition: 9781783607730

Previous Editions: Paperback 1st Edition: 9781848133150
eBook ePub 1st Edition: 9781780327471
eBook PDF 1st Edition: 9781848133167
eBook Kindle 1st Edition: 9781780327242

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