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Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding

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Disheartened by the shrink-wrapped, Styrofoam-packed state of contemporary supermarket fruits and vegetables, many shoppers hark back to a more innocent time, to visions of succulent red tomatoes plucked straight from the vine, gleaming orange carrots pulled from loamy brown soil, swirling heads of green lettuce basking in the sun.

With Hybrid, Noel Kingsbury reveals th

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press
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May 10, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Plant breeding and the humans who engage in it...interesting in the "grand march of potted histories" context. Nicely designed, and its treatment of Japan is not bad. Pros: situated in the same chapter another "late developing" countries, like Germany and China (only one itty-bitty page devoted to the "revolution" in ag for China, though, lame). Oddly he credits Tokugawa era rice for breeding the strains that would ultimately fuel the Green Revolution (66). But most wrong-headedly, the book's fl ...more
A comprehensive coverage of a complex cascade of connected events. Tediously presented, list like, jumping back and forth in time. Interesting and well researched appears to have included everyone who ever participated. His scientific objectivity seems compromised by this statement: ”There is nothing to suggest the GM technology inherently involves higher risks, to plant health, human health, or the environment.” Along with a tendency to polarize the arguments and completely miss the point that ...more
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