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Author Nabhan, Gary Paul, author.

Title Where Our Food Comes From [electronic resource] : Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine / Gary Paul Nabhan.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Island Press, [2012]


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Summary 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 ancicenters 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. In his travels, Nabhan shows how climate change, free trade policies, genetic engineering, and loss of traditional knowledge are threatening our food supply. Through discussions with local farmers, visits to local outdoor markets, and comparison of his own observations in eleven countries to those recorded in Vavilov's journals and photos, Nabhan reveals just how much diversity has already been lost. But he also shows what resilifarmers and scientists in many regions are doing to save the remaining living riches of our world. It is a cruel irony that Vavilov, a man who sphis life working to foster nutrition, ultimately died from lack of it. In telling his story, Where Our Food Comes From brings to life the intricate relationships among culture, politics, the land, and the future of the world's food.
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Subject Vavilov, N. I. (Nikolań≠ Ivanovich), 1887-1943.
Electronic books.
Food crops -- Germplasm resources -- Collection and preservation.
Botanical specimens -- Collection and preservation.
Plant collecting.
Centers of plant diversity.
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ISBN 9781597265171 (e-pub)
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