Plants For People

Plants For People

by Anna Lewington
     
 

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Plants for People gives us an insight into the countless, often surprising ways in which we use plants—from the woodpulp in our clothing and the soya in fast food, to new medicines from daffodil bulbs for Alzheimer's, yew leaves and hazelnuts for cancers, and sunflower seeds providing cleaner fuel for our cars. Plants are essential to our lives, yet the

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Plants for People gives us an insight into the countless, often surprising ways in which we use plants—from the woodpulp in our clothing and the soya in fast food, to new medicines from daffodil bulbs for Alzheimer's, yew leaves and hazelnuts for cancers, and sunflower seeds providing cleaner fuel for our cars. Plants are essential to our lives, yet the ways in which we manage them are seriously harming people and environments worldwide. Plants for People considers practical and ethical issues such as organic production, bio-piracy and the Fairtrade movement. Its mission is to help us save the diversity of plant life on earth, and to treat as equals the millions of people whose knowledge and services support us every day.

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Library Journal
In this updated edition, British ethnobotanist Lewington portrays the interwoven nature of the production and use of plants and plant products and the economical, environmental, and cultural consequences of providing for that demand. The text retains the earlier volume's organization and much of its content, i.e., the historical and ethnobotanical context of plant use in cosmetics, clothing, food, shelter, health, transportation, and recreation. Added material in the form of short essays focuses on the environmental and cultural effects of the mass production of plant products. Though attractively designed, this edition replaced photographs of people working with plants and plant products with less meaningful close-ups of plants. Nevertheless, the book remains an accessible, informative, and inviting introduction to plants and their critical and varied roles in our daily lives. Recommended for undergraduate, high school, and public libraries. Sara Rutter, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa Lib., Honolulu Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781903919088
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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