Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine / Edition 2

Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine / Edition 2

by Gary Paul Nabhan
     
 

The future of our food depends on tiny seeds in orchards and fields the world over. In 1943, one of the first to recognize this fact, the great botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay dying of starvation in a Soviet prison. But in the years before Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat for the country’s famines, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collecting hundreds

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The future of our food depends on tiny seeds in orchards and fields the world over. In 1943, one of the first to recognize this fact, the great botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay dying of starvation in a Soviet prison. But in the years before Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat for the country’s famines, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collecting hundreds of thousands of seeds in an effort to outline the ancient centers of agricultural diversity and guard against widespread hunger. Now, another remarkable scientist—and vivid storyteller—has retraced his footsteps.
 
In Where Our Food Comes From, Gary Paul Nabhan weaves together Vavilov’s extraordinary story with his own expeditions to Earth’s richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that tend them. Retracing Vavilov’s path from Mexico and the Colombian Amazon to the glaciers of the Pamirs in Tajikistan, he draws a vibrant portrait of changes that have occurred since Vavilov’s time and why they matter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597263993
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/12/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paul Nabhan is a world-renowned ethnobiologist, conservationist, and essayist. The author of Why Some Like It Hot, Coming Home to Eat, and many other books and articles, he has been honored with a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and The John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. Founder and facilitator of the Renewing America’s Food Traditions collaborative, he is currently a Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona. See www.garynabhan.com to track his lecture and photo exhibit schedules.

Table of Contents

Foreword \ Ken Wilson

Chapter 1. The Art Museum and the Seed Bank
Chapter 2. The Hunger Artist and the Horn of Plenty
Chapter 3. Melting Glaciers and Waves of Grain: The Pamirs
Chapter 4. Drought and the Decline of Variety: The Po Valley
Chapter 5. From Breadbasket to Basket Case: The Levant
Chapter 6. Date Palm Oases and Desert Crops: The Maghreb
Chapter 7. Finding Food in Famine’s Wake: Ethiopia
Chapter 8. Apples and Boomtown Growth: Kazakhstan
Chapter 9. Rediscovering America and Surviving the Dust Bowl: The U.S. Southwest
Chapter10. Logged Forests and Lost Seeds: The Sierra Amazon
Chapter 11. Deep into the Tropical Forests of the Amazon
Chapter 12. The Last Expedition

Epilogue

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

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