Green Inheritance: The World Wildlife Fund Book of Plants by Anthony Julian Huxley, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Green Inheritance: The World Wildlife Fund Book of Plants

Green Inheritance: The World Wildlife Fund Book of Plants

by Anthony Huxley

View All Available Formats & Editions

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this timely, comprehensive volume British botanist Huxley documents the remarkable contributions made by plants to world culture, the strains placed on these ``green resources'' today and the price we are paying for the loss of plant species and sustainable natural environments. Green Inheritance was first published in 1984 as part of a joint effort to focus attention on such issues by the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In this revised edition for the 1990s Huxley writes clearly and intelligently, without pretension or botanical jargon, and provides a perfect layman's introduction to difficult choices. Saving the plants that save us, as he puts it, involves more than setting aside reserves for rain forests and pandas; it requires grass-roots education and action, government leadership and international cooperation to preserve genetic diversity built up by centuries of natural selection and human breeding. The author profiles dozens of plants whose discovery and development significantly changed human life--essential staple crops that feed the world, exotic herbs and spices, crops for industrial uses, medicinal plants, ornamentals, curiosities. The bottom line is that all life on earth depends on plants; their current rate of destruction endangers life. (Feb.)
A revision of the Anchor Press edition of 1985 (the original edition appears to have been published by Gaia Books Ltd., London, in 1984). In both images (color photos and color drawings throughout) and text, this slightly oversized (91/4x101/2") volume combines basic information with common-sense advocacy as it presents a wide variety of plant life and the present threat to its existence. Published by Four Walls Eight Windows, PO Box 548, Village Station, New York, NY 10014. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Product Details

Da Capo Press
Publication date:
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
9.14(w) x 10.49(h) x 0.61(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >