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Food is more than simple sustenance. It feeds our minds as well as our bodies. It nurtures us emotionally as well as physically. It holds memories. In fact, one of the surprising consequences of globalization and urbanization is the expanding web of emotional attachments to farmland, to food growers, and to place. And there is growing affection, too, for home gardening and its “grow your own food” ethos. Without denying the gravity of the problems of feeding the earth’s population while conserving its natural resources, Seeds of Resistance, Seeds of Hope reminds us that there are many positive movements and developments that demonstrate the power of opposition and optimism.
 
This broad collection brings to the table a bag full of tools from anthropology, sociology, genetics, plant breeding, education, advocacy, and social activism. By design, multiple voices are included. They cross or straddle disciplinary, generational, national, and political borders. Contributors demonstrate the importance of cultural memory in the persistence of traditional or heirloom crops, as well as the agency exhibited by displaced and persecuted peoples in place-making and reconstructing nostalgic landscapes (including gardens from their homelands). Contributions explore local initiatives to save native and older seeds, the use of modern technologies to conserve heirloom plants, the bioconservation efforts of indigenous people, and how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been successfully combated. Together they explore the conservation of biodiversity at different scales, from different perspectives, and with different theoretical and methodological approaches. Collectively, they demonstrate that there is reason for hope.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Conservation beyond Design: An Introduction
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. I. Marginality and Memory in Place-Based Conservation
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. Temptation to Hope: From the “Idea” to the Milieu of Biodiversity
  2. pp. 19-41
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  1. 2. Apples of Their Eyes: Memory Keepers of the American South
  2. pp. 42-64
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  1. 3. Food from the Ancestors: Documentation, Conservation, and Revival of Eastern Cherokee Heirloom Plants
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. 4. Sense of Place and Indigenous People’s Biodiversity Conservation in the Americas
  2. pp. 85-106
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  1. 5. Saving Our Seeds: An Indigenous Perspective from Cotacachi, Ecuador
  2. pp. 107-114
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  1. 6. People, Place, and Plants in the Pacific Coast of Colombia
  2. pp. 115-148
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  1. II. Agency and Reterritorialization in the Context of Globalization
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 7. Maya Mother Seeds in Resistance of Highland Chiapas in Defense of Native Corn
  2. pp. 151-176
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  1. 8. Preserving Soybean Diversity in Japan
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. 9. Complementarity and Conflict: In Situ and Ex Situ Approaches to Conserving Plant Genetic Resources
  2. pp. 196-213
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  1. 10. Situated Meanings of Key Concepts in the Regulation of Plant Genetic Resources
  2. pp. 214-239
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  1. 11. Exile Landscapes of Nostalgia and Hope in the Cuban Diaspora
  2. pp. 240-261
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  1. 12. When Seeds Are Scarce: Globalization and the Response of Three Cultures
  2. pp. 262-286
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-298
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816599073
Related ISBN
9780816530144
MARC Record
OCLC
866640166
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-30
Language
English
Open Access
No
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