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The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest

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"An eye-opening look into the little known world of gene banks and crop breeding and a poignant reminder that the real guardians of our food security are nnot armies or corporations, but a handul of tirless scientists who have laboared for decades to keep us on step ahead of famine."
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Walker Books (first published 2009)
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Matthew
Sep 23, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it
Book is about an interesting topic which I don't know much about, namely how scientists worked to preserve crops and increase yields to feed the world's ever growing population. Dworkin tries to make this interesting by seeing it through the lens of Bent Skovmmand, a Danish scientist who worked at CIMMYT (International Center for the Improvement of Maize and Wheat) with some Indiana Jones-like tendencies and a tireless devotion to making sure that people will have the grains they need to feed ...more
Kathy
Jun 08, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
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“If the seeds disappear, so could your food.…So could you.” These are the words of Bent Skovmand who headed the wheat germ bank at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and fought to keep seeds free and open to breeders and farmers around the world. Dworkin’s well-written biography also introduces readers to the world of genetic crop manipulation – with genes from other strains of the crops and from unrelated organisms – and efforts, both non-profit and for-profit, to ...more
Emily
Oct 16, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
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Who knew a story about Plant Pathology and Seed Banks could be so interesting? I picked this book up because it was on display at the Plant Pathology Library at the U of M, the cover looked cool, and it was about U of M graduates. I finished it because it was fascinating to read about these scientists efforts to bread wheat that would grow in different climates and be resistant to various parasites and plagues. It really touched me that Skovmand's main goal throughout his life as a breeder of ...more
Joan
Feb 11, 2011 Joan rated it it was amazing
It's a slow read simply cause I'm busy reading too much fiction right now. When I finished it I felt glad that I had. It was very interesting but I think I enjoyed Lee's version as he told me about it than the actual reading of it.
MikeFromQueens
Apr 20, 2010 MikeFromQueens rated it liked it
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Pretty interesting how the extreme complications and lengthy process of wheat germ management and genetic modifications are carried out in the field and not the lab. At time, the author states politically minded perspectives, but it was a only an occasional distraction.
Karin Lippert
Dec 29, 2012 Karin Lippert rated it it was amazing
Excellent background on the need to save our original seeds of life as the battle against GMOs heats up.
Larry
Apr 13, 2012 Larry rated it liked it
An excellent book for its topic but the topic of wheat just isn't too terribly interesting.

Nonetheless, I kept reading. The fact that it had U of M alumni helped keep an interest.
Archie
Jun 05, 2011 Archie rated it liked it
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While this is not usually my cup of tea, I did appreciate the hard work these scientists are putting forth to make sure we have a stable food supply for years/centuries to come...
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