Science, People & Politics. Issue Two (April to June), Volume ii, VII, 7th April, 2011.
Capitalism's call for ecosystem stock taking and valuation
By Helen Gavaghan
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
"Ecosystems and their biodiversity underpin the global economy and human well-being, and need to be valued and protected. ... The figures speak for themselves: over a billion people in developing countries rely on fish as a major source of food, around 1.1 billion people are dependent on forests for their livelihoods and over half of all commercial medicines derive from natural substances, mostly sourced in rainforests."
"The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) in National and International Policy Making" does not play games. There is no need to reach for meaning, and ecology and biodiversity are situated firmly within the capitalist system of economics, and within a trans-global commercial context.
The dateline for this article, which was published as written, and without an editor, should read volume iii of Volume II, not volume ii. URL visited by editor on 28th October 2015. Minor corrections made.