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Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine

By Gary Paul Nabhan

The way forward for our foodstuff is dependent upon tiny seeds in orchards and fields across the world. In 1943, one of many first to acknowledge this truth, the nice botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay death of hunger in a Soviet felony. yet within the years prior to Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat for the country’s famines, Vavilov had traveled over 5 continents, accumulating thousands of seeds with a view to define the traditional facilities of agricultural range and protect opposed to frequent starvation. Now, one other notable scientist—and shiny storyteller—has retraced his footsteps.
 
In the place Our nutrients Comes From, Gary Paul Nabhan weaves jointly Vavilov’s striking tale along with his personal expeditions to Earth’s richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that have a tendency them. Retracing Vavilov’s course from Mexico and the Colombian Amazon to the glaciers of the Pamirs in Tajikistan, he attracts a colourful portrait of adjustments that experience happened in view that Vavilov’s time and why they matter.
 
In his travels, Nabhan indicates how weather switch, loose exchange regulations, genetic engineering, and lack of conventional wisdom are threatening our nutrients provide. via discussions with neighborhood farmers, visits to neighborhood open air markets, and comparability of his personal observations in 11 international locations to these recorded in Vavilov’s journals and photographs, Nabhan finds simply how a lot range has
already been misplaced. yet he additionally indicates what resilient farmers and scientists in lots of areas are doing to avoid wasting the remainder residing riches of our world.
 
it's a merciless irony that Vavilov, a guy who spent his lifestyles operating to foster food, eventually died from loss of it. In telling his tale, the place Our nutrition Comes From brings to existence the elaborate relationships between tradition, politics, the land, and the way forward for the world’s food.

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