Seeds of resistance, seeds of hope: place and agency in the conservation of biodiversity.

Seeds of resistance, seeds of hope: place and agency in the conservation of biodiversity. Virginia D. Nazarea.

Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013. Octavo, dustwrapper, black and white photographs.

Addresses the problems of feeding the earth's population while conserving its natural resources, this book reminds us that there are many positive movements and developments that demonstrate the power of opposition and optimism. This collection brings together tools from anthropology, sociology, genetics, plant breeding, education, advocacy, and social activism. Contributors demonstrate the importance of cultural memory in the persistence of traditional or heirloom crops, as well as the agency exhibited by displaced and persecuted peoples in place-making and reconstructing nostalgic landscapes. Contributions explore local initiatives to save native and older seeds, the use of modern technologies to conserve heirloom plants, the bioconservation efforts of indigenous people, and how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been successfully combated. Together they explore the conservation of biodiversity at different scales, from different perspectives, and with different theoretical and methodological approaches. Collectively, they demonstrate that there is reason for hope.

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