And ecology In Strange Harvests
Edward Posnett Investigates The Ways Posnett investigates the ways our relationship with nature has been broken by capitalism and uses a curiosity cabinet of natural objects to force his readers to look around their own homes and ask where from and by what processes they obtained the ordinary artifacts that make up their aily lives Posnett often refers to the Victorian uest genre and his work mimics it taking him to far away places subjecting him to trials and sometimes imparting bleak and sober lessons about our impact on nature He begins with the Icelandic and possibly utopic harvest of eiderdown He looks into the systems of profit that rules its harvest most of the profit What Happens to Our Trash? does not go to thoseoing the work as well as the The Pursuit of Mary Bennet division of labor women are very involved in this work and finally into what weestroy arctic foxes in this case to protect a species we see as valuable Our next stop is in the nearly insensate cave walls of Borneo where the subject of the Scandals and Secrets (Hearts Of Fire, dangerous work of retrieving bird s nests encompasses issues such as clashes between East and West monocultural agriculture and fears aboutampening or obscuring native voices Similar chapters on civet coffee sea silk tagua nuts and vicuna wool take on other such hard hitting issues like conservation cruelty fraud animal Shooting for a Century display personal ethics and slavery In the end the importance of Posnett s work may not be the interesting modernay curiosity cabinet he assembles but the ways in which his work asks readers to come to know the products of their own lives What is natural Biodegradable Ethical What are the origins of the objects we live with Where have they come from and who helped bring them to us If readers grapple with these uestions we might come to live in a sustainable world A book that makes you think and even Goggle a few things At a time when human consumption is threatening our very survival along with the survival of thousands of other species comes this book examining the strange histories and travels of several natural items from harvest to marketplace Possnet takes the reader on a fascinating sometimes sad journey through time and place This is a book to savor Recommended for those who enjoy natural and social history Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review 35 stars round up Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects is a combination of two subjects I like nature and uirky less known history of our world The seven natural objects are eiderdown edible birds nests civet coffee sea silk vicuna fiber tagua and guano The author wavers animal biology historical accounts and firsthand observations into a continuous narrative in which he contemplates the nature of our relationship with other creatures on earth I find the history of these objects fascinating and the book educational However after exploring the seven uncommon objects it is not clear what the possibility of a mutually beneficial relationship is The author has not found a pattern or two where such mutually beneficial relationship can be formed The opposite is true there is no way as least according to the book to achieve the ecological and economical euilibrium We are not good at harmony The history of human race is a history of exploitation The I, Partridge demand for edible birds nests which have no proven nutrition superiority nearlyestroyed the black swiftlets natural habitat Today the white edible birds nests on the market are mostly harvested in man made bird houses who Shadow of the Templar domesticate whom The civet coffee industry is mostly a scam The sea silk museum in Sant Antioco is built on a lie The commercialization of vicuna fiber has caused poaching andisturbance of the animal habitat and it has not brought wealth to the local population And to bring back tagua to replace plastics is or less a Unforgiven (Warriors for the Light dream As to guano harvesting perhaps they should be left alone The Guano Era which refers to a period of stability and prosperity in Peruuring the mid 19th century was a hellish time for the imported Chinese coolies Even the idealized Icelandic eiderdown harvesting has its Buried Sins (The Three Sisters Inn, dark sideA fascinating read becomes aepressing read Perhaps it is the subject or perhaps it s the writing. Epreneurs who harvest process and trade themBlending interviews history and travel writing Harvest sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape What Six Days in Leningrad do they tell us about capitalism global market forces and overharvesting Howoes a local micro economy survive in a hyper connected world Harvest makes us see the world with wonder curiosity and new concern It is an original and magical new map of our world and its riches. After the eider s leave If a harvester cares for the The Darkness ducks will come to nest which in turn will increase the amount of eider to be harvested The coat of a vicu a is another incredibly soft insulating fiber that is treasured Vicu as roam in the Andean punawhich accounts for theevelopment of their coat After facing extinction vicu as are now protected by the communities that have a stake in their survival with the reserve of
Pampas Galeras at the forefront of the efforts The black nest Swiftlet makes nests that are edible and treasured by the Galeras at the forefront of the efforts The black nest Swiftlet makes nests that are edible and
Treasured By The The Nests Have Been by the The nests have been major export commodity perhaps as far back as the T ang Flyboy dynasty 618 907 During breeding season both male and female birds begin to retch and chew excreting small strands of a thick gelatinous substance from these modified salivary glands lying below their tongue This they spread in arched form across the cave wall insertingark brown or black feathers from their plumage After thirty A Dark Sicilian Secret days the initial arch has grown to form a shallow cup into which the bird lays one egg These nests are made on the roof of caves and harvesting them is a physical challenge Recently harvesters have been making birdhouses to attract swiftlets to live in buildingsThe story of civet coffee or kopi luwak is as riveting as it is somewhatisgusting Civet musk has been collected and sold for years A recent Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek development is collecting coffee beans after they have been eaten and excreted by civets and selling this as kopi luwak civet coffee Theigestive enzymes are supposed to add a Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography distinctive flavor to the coffee Along the same excremental lines guano has been collected off of some eighty islands off the coast of Peru These island receive little rain so the guano built up and accumulated to vast amounts of organic fertilizerThe tagua nut is from a palm Phytelephas found mostly in northwestern South America It is creamy whiteense and smooth and its cellulose is arranged in concentric circles In the past it was At the Italians Command discovered that the tagua nut could easily be carved into buttons figurines and toys Plastic has now replaced the market for tagua buttons but there is hope among botanists andevelopment experts that if people learned they could make money for the harvest of nontimber forest products NTFPs it might induce forest conservationBivalve mollusks such as mussels clams scallops and pen shells produce silken threads known as byssus This sea silk or byssus is used as an anchor by the mollusks to tether themselves to the seafloor against the push and pull of the waves Underwater the beards look like brown moss full of algae and small shells but when cleaned and combed they appear to be golden threads commonly known as sea silk These threads have been prized for their shine and
for nearly two thousand years Harvesting them is now prohibited Until October 2016 a weaver Sardinia who called herself the Maestro Chiara Vigo ran the The Museum of Byssus and claimed a history of weaving that Oh Baby! discounted others Now that the museum has been closed other women in Sant Antioco theescendants of the weavers from Italo Diana s school are exchange their stories and reclaiming their heritage Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Publishing Grouphttpwwwshetreadssoftlycom20190 The first essay about Icelandic eiderdown was the strongest The rest were solid but it Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, didn t seem to me that the author was as excited about the other topics as they were about the first one Lots of interesting facts contained herein but all I ever want to know with these books isid he get an advance and how The Maid of Lorne did he pay to travel all around the work just to write these essays Posnett s book brings the eighteenth century curiosity cabinet into the twenty first century as he traces the cultural histories of natural objects such as birds nests vicuna fiber and guano The nature travelogue aspect of Strange Harvests is engaging but the angle that really made this book great is the analysis of capitalism and supply chains Theocumentation and analysis of the esire for uniue objects and materials and the ways that emand shapes local economies and How to Become a Virgin destroys ecosystems is super interesting and not a particular angle I often see in books about nature. Y are all imbued with myth tradition folklore and ritual and form part of a shared identity and historyThese objects are two of the seven natural wonders whose stories Harvest tells eiderdown vicuña wool sea silk vegetable ivory civet coffee guano and edible birds’ nests Harvest follows their journey from the wildest parts of the planet traversing Iceland Indonesia and Peru to its urban centresrawing on the voices of the gatherers shearers and entr.
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