The Story of Seeds

The Story of Seeds

From Mendel's Garden to your Plate, and How Theres More of Less to Eat Around the World

eBook - 2016
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Houghton
Something as small as a seed can have a world-wide impact. From Iraq to India to an impenetrable seed vault in a Norwegian mountainside, this book speaks to the current ways we think about our food , the more thoughtful and philosophical questions about regulating which crops farmers are allowed to grow, and what consumers are able to eat. Readers will discover just how important seeds are to the functioning of our global economy—and how much power we as a world-wide community have to keep seeds around, because once a seed disappears, it's gone forever. Nonfiction for ages 10 to 14.

Something as small as a seed can have a worldwide impact. Did you know there are top-secret seed vaults hidden throughout the world? And once a seed disappears, that’s it—it’s gone forever? With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling—of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world. This empowering book also calls young adult readers to action with suggestions as to how they can preserve the variety of one of our most valuable food sources through simple everyday actions. Readers of Michael Pollen will enjoy the depth and fascinatingly intricate social economy of seeds.


Baker & Taylor
A cautionary introduction to seed life and its indelible role in today's world includes coverage of the role seeds play in the food supply, the maintenance of secret seed vaults and the consequences of genetically modified foods on cultivation diversity. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 0544320255 electronic bk
9780544320253 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 581.467 CAS
Characteristics: 1 online resource (136 pages) : color illustrations

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The use of many seeds is dwindling; of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, where it goes, and the importance of seeds in our world.


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