Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation / Edition 1

Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation / Edition 1

by Gary Paul Nabhan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816522596

ISBN-13: 9780816522590

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: University of Arizona Press


As biological diversity continues to shrink at an alarming rate, the loss of plant species poses a threat seemingly less visible than the loss of animals but in many ways more critical. In this book, one of America's leading ethnobotanists warns about our loss of natural vegetation and plant diversity while providing insights into traditional Native…  See more details below

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As biological diversity continues to shrink at an alarming rate, the loss of plant species poses a threat seemingly less visible than the loss of animals but in many ways more critical. In this book, one of America's leading ethnobotanists warns about our loss of natural vegetation and plant diversity while providing insights into traditional Native agricultural practices in the Americas. Gary Paul Nabhan here reveals the rich diversity of plants found in tropical forests and their contribution to modern crops, then tells how this diversity is being lost to agriculture and lumbering. He then relates "local parables" of Native American agriculture—from wild rice in the Great Lakes region to wild gourds in Florida—that convey the urgency of this situation and demonstrate the need for saving the seeds of endangered plants. Nabhan stresses the need for maintaining a wide gene pool, not only for the survival of these species but also for the preservation of genetic strains that can help scientists breed more resilient varieties of other plants. Enduring Seeds is a book that no one concerned with our environment can afford to ignore. It clearly shows us that, as agribusiness increasingly limits the food on our table, a richer harvest can be had by preserving ancient ways. This edition features a new foreword by Miguel Altieri, one of today's leading spokesmen for sustainable agriculture and the preservation of indigenous farming methods.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816522590
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST UNIVER
Pages:
225
Sales rank:
666,388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Enduring Seeds - The Sacred Lotus and the Common Bean
Ch. 1The Flowering of Diversity3
Ch. 2Diversity Lost: The Wet and the Dry Tropics17
Ch. 3Fields Infused with Wildness31
Ch. 4Invisible Erosion: The Rise and Fall of Native Farming46
Ch. 5A Spirit Earthly Enough: Locally Adapted Crops and Persistent Cultures66
Ch. 6New and Old Ways of Saving: Botanical Gardens, Seed Banks, Heritage Farms, and Biosphere Reserves86
Ch. 7Wild-Rice: The Endangered, the Sacred, and the Tamed109
Ch. 8The Exile and the Holy Anomaly: Wild American Sunflowers124
Ch. 9Lost Gourds and Spent Soils on the Shores of Okeechobee135
Ch. 10Drowning in a Shallow Gene Pool: The Factory Turkey156
Ch. 11Harvest Time: Northern Plains Agricultural Change175
Ch. 12Turning Foxholes into Compost Heaps, Shooting Ranges into Shelterbelts188
Bibliographic Essays199
Literature Cited205
Index219

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