Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 327–328 | Cite as

Lesley Head, Jennifer Atchison and Alison Gates: Ingrained: a human bio-geography of wheat

Ashgate, Burlington, Vermont, 2012, 232pp, ISBN 978-1-4094-3787-1
  • Hannah PittEmail author

Wheat, everywhere yet nowhere is the theme of this engaging book. Through what is essentially a biography of one of the world’s most ubiquitous plants we see how human history entangles with that of wheat, as flora and farmer shape each other. The authors lead us through wheat’s many places and reveal some shadowy corners where it lurks unnoticed or unrecognised. Through a focus on one crop they argue a broader need to reconsider the place of plants in our thinking and research, indicating how understanding of human–plant relations can be enhanced by recognising plants as individuals worthy of ethical regard.

The book begins with a historical account of wheat’s transformation from wild grass to crop, in a discussion which questions typical explanations of domestication as making culture of nature. We then travel with wheat across time and space, tracing its journey around the globe and concurrent morphological changes. The many spaces of wheat’s production and consumption are detailed,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Applied SciencesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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