Human Ecology

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 807–809 | Cite as

Virginia D. Nazarea, Robert E. Rhoades and Jenna E. Andrews-Swann (ed): Seeds of Resistance, Seeds of Hope: Place and Agency in the Conservation of Biodiversity

Tucson: University of Arizona Press 2013. ISBN 978-0-8,165-3,014-, Price $60.00 (clothbound). x+298 pages, index
  • Teresa M. MaresEmail author

Reading Seeds of Resistance, Seeds of Hope while Vermont became the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) brought special poignancy to the arguments it presents. Composed of 12 chapters on topics ranging from the conservation of potato varieties in the Andes to the cultural significance of corn for the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico, this edited volume serves as both an intellectual intervention against the ongoing march of genetic homogeneity and a call to celebrate the millions of backyard seed savers around the globe who are resisting these same forces. United by an exploration of the concepts of conservation practiced in situ, ex situ, and in vivo,the authors in this volume draw particular attention to the ways that place is enacted, sustained, and reshaped through the agency of growers (and eaters) throughout time and across space. This weaving together of the history, present, and the future of sustaining biodiversity is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUnited States

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