Insatiable Appetite The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World
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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, 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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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Size: 8.00" wide x 12.00" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Maps|
|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|
|About the Author|