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Strange harvests : the hidden histories of seven natural objects

Posnett, Edward (author.).

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Summary:

In this beguiling book, Edward Posnett journeys to some of the most far-flung locales on the planet to bring us seven wonders of the natural world--eiderdown, vicuña fiber, sea silk, vegetable ivory, civet coffee, guano, and edible birds' nests--that promise ways of using nature without damaging it. To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities, but to their harvesters they are imbued with myth, tradition, folklore, and ritual, and form part of a shared identity and history. Strange Harvests follows the journeys of these uncommon products from some of the most remote areas of the world to its most populated urban centers, drawing on the voices of the people and little-known communities who harvest, process, and trade them. Blending history, travel writing, and interviews, Posnett sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape. What do they tell us about capitalism, global market forces, and overharvesting? How do local microeconomies survive in a hyperconnected world? Is it possible for us to live together with different species? Strange Harvests makes us see the world with wonder, curiosity, and new concern. -- from book jacket.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Harney County Library 508 POSNETT (Text) 37720000618934 New Adult Display Book Branch_Only_3months 09/13/2021 Checked out 10/29/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 0399562796
  • ISBN: 9780399562792
  • Physical Description: 323 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
    print
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-313) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Eiderdown -- Edible birds' nests -- Civet coffee -- Sea silk -- Vicuña fiber -- Tagua -- Guano -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.: In this beguiling book, Edward Posnett journeys to some of the most far-flung locales on the planet to bring us seven wonders of the natural world--eiderdown, vicuña fiber, sea silk, vegetable ivory, civet coffee, guano, and edible birds' nests--that promise ways of using nature without damaging it. To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities, but to their harvesters they are imbued with myth, tradition, folklore, and ritual, and form part of a shared identity and history. Strange Harvests follows the journeys of these uncommon products from some of the most remote areas of the world to its most populated urban centers, drawing on the voices of the people and little-known communities who harvest, process, and trade them. Blending history, travel writing, and interviews, Posnett sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape. What do they tell us about capitalism, global market forces, and overharvesting? How do local microeconomies survive in a hyperconnected world? Is it possible for us to live together with different species? Strange Harvests makes us see the world with wonder, curiosity, and new concern. -- from book jacket.
Subject: Renewable natural resources
Primary commodities
Commercial geography
Natural history Collection and preservation
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