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Grasses (Botanical)

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Most people have memories of playing on well-manicured lawns or running across the flat green surface of a local park, but we often donand#8217;t think of grasses as something we consume. Indeed, grasses include four speciesand#151;wheat, rice, maize, and sugarand#151;that provide sixty percent of human calorie intake, and we become more and more dependent on these as the worldand#8217;s population increases. In this book, Stephen Harris explains the history of our relationship with these vital plants from the end of the last Ice Age to the present day.

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Combining biology, sociology, and cultural history,and#160;Grassesand#160;explores how these staple crops bear the mark of human influence more visibly than any other plant and how we, in turn, are motivated to protect green space such as public parks. Harris describes this symbiotic connection against the background of climate change, contending that humans must find a way to balance their need for grass as food, as living space, and potentially even as fuel. Providing an impressive exploration of the profound impact these plants have on our survival and our pleasure, this well-illustrated book is a must have for gardeners, foodies, and environmentalists.

Synopsis:

Grasses cover approximately one quarter of the planetand#8217;s land surface; four speciesand#151;wheat, rice, maize, and sugarand#151;provide 60 per cent of human calorie intake. Almost all of us at some point play on, relax on, plant, tend, or harvest grasses for our own pleasure or sustenance; yet for all that their importance to us is not commonly understood. It is predicted that by 2050 the worldand#8217;s population will be approximately nine billion, and 90 per cent of the planetand#8217;s land area will be affected by human activities. To feed ourselves we will be more dependent on grasses than ever before.

Grasses explores and explains the history of our relationship with these humble yet vital plants since the end of the last Ice Age to the present day. Grasses, perhaps more than any other plant or crop, show the effect of human influence: farmed on a massive scale, they are the ultimate staple crop. In turn we are also influenced by grasses, often fighting to preserve our and#147;green spaceand#8221; and public parks. Stephen Harris describes this relationship against the background of our heightened awareness of climate change: in the future we will have to balance our needs of grass as food, grass as living space, and potentially even grass as fueland#151;if grasses have always been an vital part of the human story, this book shows that they will only become more so.

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About the Author

Stephen Harris is the Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria and a University Research Lecturer at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is the author of many books, most recently Planting Paradise: Plants in Cultivation (1502and#150;1900).

Table of Contents

1. Dominating the Planet

2. Roaming the World

3. Disguising Grasses

4. Civilizing Humans

5. Confusing Botanists

6. Feeding Humans

7. Sweetening Life

8. Protecting the Crop

9. Foraging the Fields

10. Making a Future

11. Playing the Field

12. Tramping the World

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Appendix: Scientific Names

References

Further Reading

Associations and Websites

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781780232737
Author:
Harris, Stephen
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Harris, Stephen A.
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Nature Studies-Botany
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Botanical
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
70 color plates, 30 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Grasses cover approximately one quarter of the planetand#8217;s land surface; four speciesand#151;wheat, rice, maize, and sugarand#151;provide 60 per cent of human calorie intake. Almost all of us at some point play on, relax on, plant, tend, or harvest grasses for our own pleasure or sustenance; yet for all that their importance to us is not commonly understood. It is predicted that by 2050 the worldand#8217;s population will be approximately nine billion, and 90 per cent of the planetand#8217;s land area will be affected by human activities. To feed ourselves we will be more dependent on grasses than ever before.

Grasses explores and explains the history of our relationship with these humble yet vital plants since the end of the last Ice Age to the present day. Grasses, perhaps more than any other plant or crop, show the effect of human influence: farmed on a massive scale, they are the ultimate staple crop. In turn we are also influenced by grasses, often fighting to preserve our and#147;green spaceand#8221; and public parks. Stephen Harris describes this relationship against the background of our heightened awareness of climate change: in the future we will have to balance our needs of grass as food, grass as living space, and potentially even grass as fueland#151;if grasses have always been an vital part of the human story, this book shows that they will only become more so.

and#160;

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