The profit of the earth : the global seeds of American agriculture (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
The profit of the earth : the global seeds of American agriculture Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The profit of the earth : the global seeds of American agriculture

Author: Courtney Fullilove
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Organized into three thematic parts, The Profit of the Earth is a narrative history of the collection, circulation, and preservation of seeds. Fullilove begins with the political economy of agricultural improvement, recovering the efforts of the US Patent Office and the nascent US Department of Agriculture to import seeds and cuttings for free distribution to American farmers. She then turns to immigrant  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Courtney Fullilove
ISBN: 9780226454863 022645486X
OCLC Number: 958585740
Description: 280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: in the field --
Field notes. "Green revolutions": hunting turkey wheat --
pt. 1. Collection: the political culture of seeds --
The museum of seeds --
Seed sharing in the Patent Office --
Failures of tea cultivation in the American South --
Field notes. "Local knowledge": what the pastoralist knew --
pt. 2. Migration: wheat culture and immigrant agricultural knowledge --
For amber waves of grain --
Spacious skies and economies of scale --
Field notes. "Indigenous knowledge": diversity and endangerment --
pt. 3. Preservation: indigenous plants and the preservation of biocultural diversity --
Elk's weed on the prairie --
The allegory of the cave in Kentucky --
Writing on the seed --
Epilogue: in the gene bank.
Responsibility: Courtney Fullilove.

Abstract:

Organized into three thematic parts, The Profit of the Earth is a narrative history of the collection, circulation, and preservation of seeds. Fullilove begins with the political economy of agricultural improvement, recovering the efforts of the US Patent Office and the nascent US Department of Agriculture to import seeds and cuttings for free distribution to American farmers. She then turns to immigrant agricultural knowledge, exploring how public and private institutions attempting to boost midwestern wheat yields drew on the resources of willing and unwilling settlers. Last, she explores the impact of these cereal monocultures on biocultural diversity, chronicling a fin-de-siècle Ohio pharmacist's attempt to source Purple Coneflower from the diminishing prairie. Through these captivating narratives of improvisation, appropriation, and loss, Fullilove explores contradictions between ideologies of property rights and common use that persist in national and international development - ultimately challenging readers to rethink fantasies of global agriculture's past and future.--AMAZON.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.