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By Gary Paul Nabhan

The way forward for our nutrients is determined by tiny seeds in orchards and fields internationally. In 1943, one of many first to acknowledge this truth, the nice botanist Nikolay Vavilov, lay death of hunger in a Soviet legal. yet within the years earlier than Stalin jailed him as a scapegoat for the country’s famines, Vavilov had traveled over 5 continents, amassing millions of seeds that allows you to define the traditional facilities of agricultural range and defend opposed to frequent starvation. Now, one other impressive scientist—and bright storyteller—has retraced his footsteps.
 
In the place Our nutrition Comes From, Gary Paul Nabhan weaves jointly Vavilov’s amazing tale along with his personal expeditions to Earth’s richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that have a tendency them. Retracing Vavilov’s course from Mexico and the Colombian Amazon to the glaciers of the Pamirs in Tajikistan, he attracts a colourful portrait of alterations that experience happened on account that Vavilov’s time and why they matter.
 
In his travels, Nabhan exhibits how weather switch, unfastened alternate rules, genetic engineering, and lack of conventional wisdom are threatening our nutrition provide. via discussions with neighborhood farmers, visits to neighborhood outdoors markets, and comparability of his personal observations in 11 international locations to these recorded in Vavilov’s journals and photographs, Nabhan unearths simply how a lot range has
already been misplaced. yet he additionally indicates what resilient farmers and scientists in lots of areas are doing to avoid wasting the rest dwelling riches of our world.
 
it's a merciless irony that Vavilov, a guy who spent his lifestyles operating to foster nutrients, eventually died from loss of it. In telling his tale, the place Our nutrients Comes From brings to existence the problematic relationships between tradition, politics, the land, and the way forward for the world’s food.

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