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A book that makes you think and even Goggle a few things 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 Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett is a very highly recommended fascinating look at seven ncommon natural productsIn a synthesis of travel writing history interviews and nature writing Strange Harvests is a captivating engaging and thought provoking adventure Posnett traces the current and historical se of seven precious natural objects from their historical origin to their harvesting for se These natural items include eiderdown swiftlet bird nests civet coffee sea silk vicu a fiber tagua and guano As Posnett points out Each object served an important purpose in the natural world yet its removal its harvest need not spell discomfort mutilation or death The book includes notes and an indexThe eider is a fat seabird penguin than duck that can be found nesting in Iceland today where they are a protected species Eiders don t naturally nest in large colonies but after years of co habitation they will congregate close to humans for shelter and protection when nesting They line their nests with eider down which can then be collected after the eider s leave If a harvester cares for the 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 the development 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 Chinese The nests have 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 provid. In a centuries old tradition farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducksHigh inside a vast cave in Borneo men perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets’ nests a delicacy believed to be a cure for almost anythingEiderdown and edible birds’ nests both are luxury products ltimately destined for the super rich To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities but to the harvesters the.
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Ing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review 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 The documentation and analysis of the desire for niue objects and materials and the ways that demand shapes local economies and destroys ecosystems is super interesting and not a particular angle I often see in books about nature and ecology The first essay about Icelandic eiderdown was the strongest The rest were solid but it didn t seem to me that the author was as excited about the other topics as they were about the first one 35 stars round p Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects is a combination of two subjects I like nature and irky 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 ncommon 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 demand for edible birds nests which have no proven nutrition superiority nearly destroyed the black swiftlets natural habitat Today the white edible birds nests on the market are mostly harvested in man made bird houses who 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 and disturbance 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 dream As to guano harvesting perhaps they should be left alone The Guano Era which refers to a period of stability and prosperity in Peru during the mid 19th century was a hellish time for the imp. 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 rban centres drawing on the voices of the gatherers shearers and entr.
(Download) Harvest author Edward Posnett AUTHOR Edward Posnett
Orted Chinese coolies Even the idealized Icelandic eiderdown harvesting has its dark sideA fascinating read becomes a depressing read Perhaps it is the subject or perhaps it s the writing In Strange Harvests Edward Posnett investigates the ways that our relationship with nature has been broken by capitalism and The Grand Sophy 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 makep their daily lives Posnett often refers to the Victorian Winners Dream 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 possiblytopic harvest of eiderdown He looks into the systems of profit that rules its harvest most of the profit does not go to those doing the work as well as the division of labor women are very involved in this work and finally into what we destroy 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 dangerous work of retrieving bird s nests encompasses issues such as clashes between East and West monocultural agriculture and fears about dampening 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 display personal ethics and slavery In the end the importance of Posnett s work may not be the interesting modern day 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 O viziune a sentimentelor us If readers grapple with theseestions we might come to live in a sustainable world Lots of interesting facts contained herein but all I ever want to know with these books is did he get an advance and how did he pay to travel all around the work just to write these essays What do Eiderdown Edible Birds Nests Civet Coffee Sea Silk Vicuna fiber Tagua nuts and Guano all have in common They are all the subject of Edward Posnett s investigation into each of these objectsHe goes into the biolog. 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 do they tell Harveys Revised English Grammar us about capitalism global market forces and overharvesting How does a local micro economy survive in a hyper connected world Harvest makess see the world with wonder curiosity and new concern It is an original and magical new map of our world and its riches.