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Title The profit of the earth : the global seeds of American agriculture / Courtney Fullilove.
Author Fullilove, Courtney, author.
Publication Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Copyright date ©2017
Description 280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call # 631.521 F
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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 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.
Subject Seeds -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Seeds -- Harvesting -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Plant introduction -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Seed industry and trade -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Wheat -- Breeding -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Plant diversity conservation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Plant diversity conservation. (OCoLC)fst01432076
Plant introduction. (OCoLC)fst01065495
Seed industry and trade. (OCoLC)fst01111054
Seeds. (OCoLC)fst01111109
Seeds -- Harvesting. (OCoLC)fst01111136
Wheat -- Breeding. (OCoLC)fst01174330
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780226454863 (cloth ; alk. paper)
022645486X (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard # 40027094475

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