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review 2018-07-02 12:14
Seeds of Resistance by Mark Schapiro
Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply - Mark Schapiro

TITLE:  Seeds of Resistance:  The Fight to Save Our Food Supply


AUTHOR:  Mark Schapiro




FORMAT:  ARC ebook


ISBN-13:  9781510705760



NOTE: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.




From the blurb:

"Sun. Soil. Water. Seed. These are the primordial ingredients for the most essential activity of all on earth: growing food. All of these elements are being changed dramatically under the pressures of corporate consolidation of the food chain, which has been accelerating just as climate change is profoundly altering the conditions for growing food. In the midst of this global crisis, the fate of our food has slipped into a handful of the world’s largest companies. Seeds of Resistance will bring home what this corporate stranglehold is doing to our daily diet, from the explosion of genetically modified foods to the rapid disappearance of plant varieties to the elimination of independent farmers who have long been the bedrock of our food supply.

Seeds of Resistance will touch many nerves for readers, including concerns about climate change, chronic drought in essential farm states like California, the proliferation of GMOs, government interference (or purposeful ignorance), and the alarming domination of the seed market and our very life cycle by global giants like Monsanto.


But not all is bleak when it comes to the future of our food supply. Seeds of Resistance will also present hopeful stories about farmers, consumer groups, and government agencies around the world that are resisting the tightening corporate squeeze on our food chain."



This book is primarily about seeds, specifically the seeds that we grow commercially and then turn into various food products.  This is an extremly interesting and well written book that explores how corporations and governments have taken over (i.e. messed with) the millenia old traditions of seed saving, seed cultivation, seed planting and ultimately food production and how this is ultimately detrimental to our food security.  Genetically modified crop plants and are briefly covered, as well as seed libraries (the rebels).  I found the section on seed vaults to be particularly intersting.    This book manages to squash a whole lot of important information into a mere 160 pages, covering the important aspects of this topic and still managing to be accessible, easy to read/understand and personable.     



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text 2018-03-26 16:18
A couple of Audible Daily Deals
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor - Anne Edwards,Corrie James
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics - Richard H. Thaler,L.J. Ganser

While the deals are daily, it is rare that they offer anything that would tempt me to plunk down the ready, so it is nice to be able to find two in such a short period of time. My TBR --or should that be TBH -- pile is growing and I am looking for ward to days and days and days of listening pleasure. 

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review 2017-08-20 13:10
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered - E.F. Schumacher

I don't know quite where to put my finger on this book, and the author perhaps shared the same sentiment. There's some eco-idealism, then it borders Luddism, then some insightful perspectives on scaling-down and decentralization.

For me at least, it failed to deliver. It's a poof of interesting dust with some golden speckles here and there.

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review 2017-05-20 00:00
50 Economics Ideas
50 Economics Ideas - Edmund Conway Q:
«Раньше я думал, что если есть такая штука, как реинкарна-
ция, в следующей жизни я хочу стать президентом, Папой
Римским или хиттером, отбивающим четыре мяча из деся-
ти, — говорил Джеймс Карвилл, отвечавший за кампанию экс-
президента США Билла Клинтона. — Но сейчас я хочу стать
рынком облигаций. Его боятся все на свете».
Кривая доходности. Лучше всего значимость рынка облигаций подчер-
кивает то, что «поведение» облигаций — это ключ к будущему данной
экономики. Кривая доходности показывает, как менялись ставки процента
по множеству разных типов облигаций во времени. При прочих равных
условиях ставки по облигациям, срок действия которых подходит к концу,
должны быть ниже ставок по облигациям, которые действительны еще
много лет, — при таком раскладе экономика в будущем станет расти, при
этом вырастет инфляция. Случается, что кривая доходности меняет форму,
и тогда ставки по облигациям, которые вот-вот будут погашены, оказывают-
ся выше, чем ставки по облигациям, срок которых наступит не скоро. Это
верный признак того, что экономика движется к рецессии: ставки процен-
та и инфляция в ближайшие годы упадут, то и другое связывается с эконо-
мическим спадом. Вот еще один пример того, что экономическая судьба
каждого из нас неразрывно связана с положением дел на рынке облигаций.
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review 2017-02-20 07:14
The End of Food: The Coming Crisis in the World Food Industry by Paul Roberts
The End Of Food - Paul Roberts

An interesting, and some-what worrying look at the emergence, ultimate costs and short-term benefits of large-scale food production over the world and the coming crisis in the world food industry.  A bit USA-centric.  This isn't a "fun' book to read, but it is informative and fairly well-written.






~  Food in History by Reay Tannahill

~  Against the Grain:  How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization by Richard Manning.~  Dirt:  The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery.


~ Excitotoxins: The Tast that Kills by Russell L. Blaylock.

~ The Killers Within:  The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Michael Shnayerson & Mark J. Plotkin.

~ Our Stolen Future:  Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival?  A Scientific Detective Story. by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski & John Peterson Myers.

~ Salt:  A World History by Mark Kurlansky.

~ Banana:  The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel.~  Tomatoland:  How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Out Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook.

~ The Untold History of the Potato by John Reader.


~  Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?:  The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization by Andrew Lawler.

~ Domesticated:  Evolution in a Man-Made World by Richard C. Francis.


~  Papyrus:  The Plant that Changed the World:  From Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars by John Gaudet.

~  Water:  the Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization by Steven Solomon.


~  U.N. Agenda 21:  Environmental Piracy by Ileana Johnson Paugh



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