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Seed Underground A Growing Revolution to Save Food

ISBN-10: 1603583068
ISBN-13: 9781603583060
Edition: 2012
Authors: Janisse Ray
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 7/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 Undergroundis 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 Undergroundpays 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.

Janisse Ray is the author of three works of nonfiction,Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land,Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, and the bestsellingEcology of a Cracker Childhood. She is also the author of a poetry collection,A House of Branches, and coeditor ofBetween Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf. She lives in the Altamaha Community in Reidsville, Georgia.

Preface
Introduction
More Gardens, Less Gas
A Brief History of Industrial Agriculture
Me Growing Up
Sycamore
What Is Broken
A Rind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Losing the Conch Cowpea
Hooking Up
Sylvia's Garden
Keeping Preacher Beans Alive
Oakreez
The Poet Who Saved Seed
The Anatomy of Inflorescence
Red Earth
Pilgrimage to Mecca
The Pollinator
The Bad Genie Is Out of the Bottle
Tomato Man
How to Save Tomato Seeds
Sweet Potato Queen
Keener Corn
Getting the Conch Back
Winning the Mustaprovince
Basic Seed Saving
Seeds Will Make You a Thief
Gifts
Seed Banking
Grassroots Resistance
Public Breeding, Private Profit
Breed Your Own
Wheat Anarchists
A Vanishing Plant Wisdom
Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing
Last Stand
Acknowledgments
What You Can Do
Farmer Rights
Broadcasters (Resources)
Index

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