Full economic value

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Written by Vandana Shiva

Nature's economy is the first economy, the primary economy on which all other economies rest.  Nature's economy consists of the production of goods and services by nature--the water recycled and distributed through the hydrological cycle, the soil fertility produced by microorganisms, the plants fertilized by pollinators.  Human production, human creativity shrinks to insignificance in comparison with nature.

    At present, ecology movements are the primary voice stressing the full economic value of these natural processes.  The present scale of resource-ignorant economic development threatens the whole natural resource system with a serious loss of productivity.  The market-oriented development process risks destroying nature's economy through the oversxploitation of resources and the uncomprehended destruction of ecological processes.

Vandana Shiva, Earth Democracy, p.16. 

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