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By Gary Paul Nabhan

ISBN-10: 1597263990

ISBN-13: 9781597263993

ISBN-10: 1610910036

ISBN-13: 9781610910033

The way forward for our foodstuff depends upon tiny seeds in orchards and fields across the world. In 1943, one of many first to acknowledge this truth, the nice botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay demise of hunger in a Soviet legal. yet within the years ahead of Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat for the country’s famines, Vavilov had traveled over 5 continents, accumulating thousands of seeds with a view to define the traditional facilities of agricultural variety and protect opposed to common starvation. Now, one other extraordinary scientist—and brilliant storyteller—has retraced his footsteps.
In the place Our nutrition Comes From, Gary Paul Nabhan weaves jointly Vavilov’s awesome tale along with his personal expeditions to Earth’s richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that have a tendency them. Retracing Vavilov’s course from Mexico and the Colombian Amazon to the glaciers of the Pamirs in Tajikistan, he attracts a colourful portrait of alterations that experience happened for the reason that Vavilov’s time and why they matter.
In his travels, Nabhan indicates how weather switch, unfastened exchange regulations, genetic engineering, and lack of conventional wisdom are threatening our nutrients provide. via discussions with neighborhood farmers, visits to neighborhood outdoors markets, and comparability of his personal observations in 11 international locations to these recorded in Vavilov’s journals and photographs, Nabhan unearths simply how a lot range has
already been misplaced. yet he additionally exhibits what resilient farmers and scientists in lots of areas are doing to save lots of the rest dwelling riches of our world.
it's a merciless irony that Vavilov, a guy who spent his existence operating to foster nutrients, eventually died from loss of it. In telling his tale, the place Our foodstuff Comes From brings to lifestyles the complicated relationships between tradition, politics, the land, and the way forward for the world’s food.

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