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The fruit hunters : a story of nature, adventure, commerce, and obsession

Author: Adam Gollner
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Tasty, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal--fruits have led nations into wars, fueled dictatorships, and even lured us into new worlds. Adam Leith Gollner weaves business, science, and travel into a narrative about one of earth's most desired foods. Readers will discover why, though countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are available in supermarkets. Gollner explores the political  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Gollner
ISBN: 9780743296946 074329694X 9780743296953 0743296958
OCLC Number: 166373208
Description: viii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : blame it on Brazil --
Introduction : the fruit underworld --
Nature. Wild, ripe and juicy : what is a fruit? ; Hawaiian ultraexotics ; How fruits shaped us ; The Rare Fruit Council International --
Adventure. Into Borneo ; The fruitarians ; The lady fruit ; Seedy : the fruitleggers --
Commerce. Marketing : from grapples to gojis ; Miraculin : the story of the miracle fruit ; Mass production : the geopolitics of sweetness ; Permanent global summertime --
Obsession. Preservation : the passion of the fruit ; The case of the fruit detective ; Making contact with the otherworld ; Fruition, or, The fever of creation.
Responsibility: Adam Leith Gollner.
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Tasty, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal--fruits have led nations into wars, fueled dictatorships, and even lured us into new worlds. Adam Leith Gollner weaves business, science, and travel into a narrative about one of earth's most desired foods. Readers will discover why, though countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are available in supermarkets. Gollner explores the political machinations of multinational fruit corporations, exposing the hidden alliances between agribusiness and government and what that means for public health. He traces the life of mass-produced fruits--how they are created, grown, and marketed--and he explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored, and even forbidden in the Western world. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters--from smugglers to explorers to inventors--this book unveils the hidden universe of fruit.--From publisher description.

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