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The War on Weeds in the Prairie West: An Environmental History

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Despite the fact that fighting weeds was of paramount importance to the agricultural development of Canada, there has scarcely been any research on understanding the origins and history of these lowly plants. Finally, historian Clint Evans gives weeds the attention they deserve. In this ground-breaking study that spans four centuries of weed history, Evans focusses on the evolution of the relationship between people and weeds in the formative years of western Canada. This book documents the arrival of weeds with seed from England in the sixteenth century, how these foreign seeds survived and thrived on the plains of North America for centuries to come, and governmental perceptions and legislations against weeds. Highlighting topics such as weed biology and ecology, noxious weed legislation and “weed science,” Evans considers the delicate connections between human culture and the natural world. Energetic and accessible, The War on Weeds in the Prairie West is the first full-blown environmental history of weeds in western Canada.

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A historical consultant and former agriculture student who battles weeds in his British Columbia lawn studies the war against weeds that influenced western Canada's development from 1800 to 1950. Introductory chapters discuss what defines a weed, and the relationship between weeds and British husbandry from 1500-1900. Includes color and b&w illustrations of such nemeses as wild mustard, Canada thistle, and bindweed.
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Despite the fact that fighting weeds was of paramount importance to the agricultural development of Canada, there has scarcely been any research on understanding the origins and history of these lowly plants. The War on Weeds in the Prairie West is the first full-blown environmental history of weeds in western Canada.

Synopsis:

A unique and ground-breaking study that documents the historical development of weed infestations and weed control, provides a thorough overview of the field of environmental history, and explores the connection between culture and nature. A must for those interested in western Canadian history, environmental issues, and farming concerns.

About the Author

Clint L. Evans, a self-employed historical consultant, traces his interest in weeds back twenty years to his days as an agriculture student. He worked in the weed control industry, explored for minerals in northern B.C. and taught at Okanagan University College in Kelowna.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781552380291
Author:
Evans, Clinton L.
Publisher:
University of Calgary Press
Author:
Evans, Clinton
Location:
Calgary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Weeds
Subject:
Canada - General
Subject:
Mauvaises herbes, Lutte contre les
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Weeds -- Canada.
Subject:
Weeds - Control - Prairie Provinces - History
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
2-02
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Despite the fact that fighting weeds was of paramount importance to the agricultural development of Canada, there has scarcely been any research on understanding the origins and history of these lowly plants. The War on Weeds in the Prairie West is the first full-blown environmental history of weeds in western Canada.
"Synopsis" by , A unique and ground-breaking study that documents the historical development of weed infestations and weed control, provides a thorough overview of the field of environmental history, and explores the connection between culture and nature. A must for those interested in western Canadian history, environmental issues, and farming concerns.
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