Insatiable Appetite The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World

ISBN-10: 0742553655
ISBN-13: 9780742553651
Edition: 2007
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Description: Now in a concise edition expressly for students and general readers, this widely hailed classic traces the transformation of the tropics in modern times. Exploring the central role of the United States in the ongoing devastation of tropical lands,  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 8.00" wide x 12.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Now in a concise edition expressly for students and general readers, this widely hailed classic traces the transformation of the tropics in modern times. Exploring the central role of the United States in the ongoing devastation of tropical lands, Richard Tucker highlights the unrelenting pressure caused by the demands of U.S. consumerism. The forced domestication of widely varied natural systems ultimately led to a devastating decline in biodiversity. The author brings his analysis to life with a series of vivid case studies of sugar, bananas, coffee, rubber, beef, and timber-each a virtual empire in itself. All readers who are interested in environmental degradation and its links to the world economy will be enlightened by this deeply knowledgeable history.

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Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: America's Global Environmental Reach
America's Sweet Tooth: Cane Sugar Transforms Tropical Lowlands
Banana Republics: Yankee Fruit Companies and the Tropical American Lowlands
The Last Drop: The American Coffee Market and the Hill Regions of South America
The Tropical Cost of the Automotive Age: Corporate Rubber Empires and the Rainforest
The Crop on Hooves: American Cattle Ranching in Latin America
Unsustainable Yield: American Loggers and Foresters in the Tropics
Conclusion: Consuming Appetites
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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