Strange Harvests : Giving And Taking From The Natural World
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Strange Harvests : Giving And Taking From The Natural World

by Posnett, Edward

In this beguiling book, Edward Posnett journeys to some of the most far-flung locales on the planet to bring us seven wonders of the natural world--eiderdown, edible birds' nests, civet coffee, sea silk, vicuña fiber, vegetable ivory, and guano--that promise ways of using nature without damaging it. To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities, but to their harvesters they are imbued with myth, tradition, folklore, and ritual, and form part of a shared identity and history.

Strange Harvests follows the journeys of these uncommon products from some of the most remote areas of the world to its most populated urban centers, drawing on the voices of the people and little-known communities who harvest, process, and trade them. Blending history, travel writing, and interviews, Posnett sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape. What do they tell us about capitalism, global market forces, and overharvesting? How do local microeconomies survive in a hyperconnected world? Is it possible for us to live together with different species? Strange Harvests makes us see the world with wonder, curiosity, and new concern.

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  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Publisher : Penguin US
  • Publication Date : 2020-04-08
  • Weight : 270g
  • Product Code : 9780399562808
  • Dimension : 135 x 204 mm

About Author

Posnett, Edward

Edward Posnett was born in London. After a spell working in financial services, he started writing about nature, markets, and trade. His fascination with the Icelandic tradition of eiderdown harvesting led him to write Eiderdown, winner of the Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize, and sparked this first book. He lives in Philadelphia.