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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

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There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings. At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed. "The Seed Underground” is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. "The Seed Underground” pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.
  • Gardening / horticulture
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Technology and engineering
  • Agriculture - sustainable agriculture
  • Vegetables - seeds - United States

Product Overview

There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings. At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed. "The Seed Underground” is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. "The Seed Underground” pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.

  • Gardening / horticulture
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Technology and engineering
  • Agriculture - sustainable agriculture
  • Vegetables - seeds - United States

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Binding
Softcover
Gardening Book Category
General Gardening
ISBN
9781603583060
Publisher
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Returnable
90-Day

Specifications

Details

Binding
Softcover
Gardening Book Category
General Gardening
ISBN
9781603583060
Publisher
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Returnable
90-Day

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