Banana

The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Author: Dan Koeppel

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101213919

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Read Dan Koeppel's posts on the Penguin Blog. A gripping biological detective story that uncovers the myth, mystery, and endangered fate of the world’s most humble fruit To most people, a banana is a banana: a simple yellow fruit. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. In others parts of the world, bananas are what keep millions of people alive. But for all its ubiquity, the banana is surprisingly mysterious; nobody knows how bananas evolved or exactly where they originated. Rich cultural lore surrounds the fruit: In ancient translations of the Bible, the “apple” consumed by Eve is actually a banana (it makes sense, doesn’t it?). Entire Central American nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana. But the biggest mystery about the banana today is whether it will survive. A seedless fruit with a unique reproductive system, every banana is a genetic duplicate of the next, and therefore susceptible to the same blights. Today’s yellow banana, the Cavendish, is increasingly threatened by such a blight—and there’s no cure in sight. Banana combines a pop-science journey around the globe, a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise, and a look into the alternately tragic and hilarious banana subculture (one does exist)—ultimately taking us to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved fruit.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

H wie Habicht

Author: Helen Macdonald

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 384371147X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Der Spiegel-Bestseller Der Tod ihres Vaters trifft Helen unerwartet. Erschüttert von der Wucht der Trauer wird der Kindheitstraum in ihr wach, ihren eigenen Habicht aufzuziehen und zu zähmen. Und so zieht das stolze Habichtweibchen Mabel bei ihr ein. Durch die intensive Beschäftigung mit dem Tier entwickelt sich eine konzentrierte Nähe zwischen den beiden, die tröstend und heilend wirkt. Doch Mabel ist nicht irgendein Tier. Mabel ist ein Greifvogel. Mabel tötet. »Um einen Greifvogel abzurichten, muss man ihn wie einen Greifvogel beobachten, erst dann kann man vorhersagen, was er als Nächstes tun wird. Schließlich sieht man die Körpersprache des Vogels gar nicht mehr – man scheint zu fühlen, was der Vogel fühlt. Die Wahrnehmung des Vogels wird zur eigenen. Als die Tage in dem abgedunkelten Raum vergingen und ich mich immer mehr in den Habicht hineinversetzte, schmolz mein Menschsein von mir ab.« Helen Macdonald Ein Buch über die Erinnerung, über Natur und Freiheit - und über das Glück, sich einer großen Aufgabe von ganzem Herzen zu widmen. »[Macdonalds] anschaulicher Stil – verblüffend und außerordentlich präzise – ist nur ein Teil dessen, was dieses Buch ausmacht. Die Geschichte vom Abrichten Mabels liest sich wie ein Thriller. Die allmählich und behutsam anwachsende Spannung lässt den Atem stocken ... Fesselnd.« Rachel Cooke Observer * New York Times Bestseller * Costa Award für das beste Buch des Jahres 2014 * Samuel Johnson Prize

The Urban Food Revolution

Changing the Way We Feed Cities

Author: Peter Ladner

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924885

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

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Planning cities as if food matters

Where Am I Eating?

An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy with Discussion Questions and a Guide to Going "Glocal"

Author: Kelsey Timmerman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118966546

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A deeply human-centered perspective on the origins of America'sfood Where Am I Eating? bridges the gap between global foodproducers and the American consumer, providing an insightful lookat how our eating habits affect farmers and fishermen around theworld. Follow the author on his global quest to meet the workersthat nurture, harvest, and hunt our food, as he works alongsidethem—loading lobster diving boats in Nicaragua, harvestingbananas in Costa Rica, lugging cocoa beans in Ivory Coast with amodern-day slave, picking coffee beans in Colombia and haulingtomatoes in Indiana. This new edition includes a study guide, adeeper explanation of the "glocal" concept, and advice for studentslooking to become engaged as both local and global citizens.Arguing neither for nor against globalization, this book simplyexplores the lives of those who feed us. Imports account for eighty-six percent of America's seafood,fifty percent of its fresh fruit, and eighteen percent of its freshvegetables. Where Am I Eating? examines the effects of thisreliance on those who supply the global food economy. Learn more about the global producers that feed our nation, andlearn from their worldviews intensely connected to people andplanet Discover how food preferences and trends affect the lives offarmers and fishermen Catch a boots-on-the-ground glimpse of the daily lives of foodproducers on four continents Meet a modern-day slave and explore the blurred line betweenexploitation and opportunity Observe how the poorest producers fare in the global foodeconomy This book takes a human-centered approach to food, investigatingthe lives of the people at the other end of the global foodeconomy, observing the hope and opportunity—or lackthereof—that results from our reliance on imports. WhereAm I Eating? is a touching, insightful, informative look at theorigins of our food.

The Fish That Ate the Whale

The Life and Times of America's Banana King

Author: Rich Cohen

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429946296

Category: History

Page: 288

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A legendary tale, both true and astonishing, from the author of Israel is Real and Sweet and Low When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest house in New Orleans sixty-nine years later, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. In between, he worked as a fruit peddler, a banana hauler, a dockside hustler, and a plantation owner. He battled and conquered the United Fruit Company, becoming a symbol of the best and worst of the United States: proof that America is the land of opportunity, but also a classic example of the corporate pirate who treats foreign nations as the backdrop for his adventures. In Latin America, when people shouted "Yankee, go home!" it was men like Zemurray they had in mind. Rich Cohen's brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary, driven by an indomitable will to succeed. Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years. Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas, he built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, mercenary soldiers, Honduran peasants, CIA agents, and American statesmen. From hustling on the docks of New Orleans to overthrowing Central American governments, from feuding with Huey Long to working with the Dulles brothers, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure, connected to the birth of modern American diplomacy, public relations, business, and war—a monumental life that reads like a parable of the American dream.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0199734968

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 2182

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The second edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, originally published in September 2004, covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements that have shaped the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. Entries range across historical periods and the trends that characterize them. The thoroughly updated new edition captures the shifting American perspective on food and is the most authoritative and the most current reference work on American cuisine.

Befreiung

Die Salvation-Saga 1

Author: Peter F. Hamilton

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492992307

Category: Fiction

Page: 912

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Die Menschheit trifft auf ihren größten Feind. Das 22. Jahrhundert: Die Menschen haben Raumschiffe zu mehreren Sternen ausgesandt und begonnen, Planeten zu terraformen. Durch Portalsysteme miteinander verbunden, können Reisende in Nullzeit zwischen den Welten hin- und herspringen. Bei der Erforschung des Alls stoßen die Menschen im Jahr 2150 auf ein gigantisches, außerirdisches Schiff. Es gehört den Olyix, einer uralten Rasse, die sich auf einer epischen Reise bis zum Ende der Zeit befindet. Doch die Olyix sind nicht so friedlich gesinnt, wie sie vorgeben. Ihre Mission ist geheim, unerbittlich – und brandgefährlich für die gesamte Menschheit ... Mit »Befreiung« beginnt Peter F. Hamilton eine neue, großangelegte Science-Fiction-Saga.

The Pecan

A History of America's Native Nut

Author: James McWilliams

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292749163

Category: Nature

Page: 178

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Traces the historical and cultural paths of the pecan, while weaving American history, agricultural history, and science into the story.

Ninety Percent of Everything

Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate

Author: Rose George

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 0805096043

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Eye-opening and compelling, the overlooked world of freight shipping, revealed as the foundation of our civilization On ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy. We buy, so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work. Freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the Internet, yet it is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, shipping revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of "flags of convenience." Infesting our waters, poisoning our air, and a prime culprit of acoustic pollution, shipping is environmentally indefensible. And then there are the pirates. Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an anti-piracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains, and investigates the harm that ships inflict on endangered whales. Sharply informative and entertaining, Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.

Banana Wars

Power, Production, and History in the Americas

Author: Steve Striffler,Mark Moberg,Gilbert M. Joseph,Emily S. Rosenberg

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822331964

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 364

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DIVThe history of banana cultivation and its huge impact on Latin American, history, politics, and culture./div

Edible Memory

The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods

Author: Jennifer A. Jordan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022622824X

Category: Cooking

Page: 336

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Each week during the growing season, farmers’ markets offer up such delicious treasures as brandywine tomatoes, cosmic purple carrots, pink pearl apples, and chioggia beets—varieties of fruits and vegetables that are prized by home chefs and carefully stewarded by farmers from year to year. These are the heirlooms and the antiques of the food world, endowed with their own rich histories. While cooking techniques and flavor fads have changed from generation to generation, a Ribston Pippin apple today can taste just as flavorful as it did in the eighteenth century. But how does an apple become an antique and a tomato an heirloom? In Edible Memory, Jennifer A. Jordan examines the ways that people around the world have sought to identify and preserve old-fashioned varieties of produce. In doing so, Jordan shows that these fruits and vegetables offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to a shared genetic, cultural, and culinary past. Jordan begins with the heirloom tomato, inquiring into its botanical origins in South America and its culinary beginnings in Aztec cooking to show how the homely and homegrown tomato has since grown to be an object of wealth and taste, as well as a popular symbol of the farm-to-table and heritage foods movements. She shows how a shift in the 1940s away from open pollination resulted in a narrow range of hybrid tomato crops. But memory and the pursuit of flavor led to intense seed-saving efforts increasing in the 1970s, as local produce and seeds began to be recognized as living windows to the past. In the chapters that follow, Jordan combines lush description and thorough research as she investigates the long history of antique apples; changing tastes in turnips and related foods like kale and parsnips; the movement of vegetables and fruits around the globe in the wake of Columbus; and the poignant, perishable world of stone fruits and tropical fruit, in order to reveal the connections—the edible memories—these heirlooms offer for farmers, gardeners, chefs, diners, and home cooks. This deep culinary connection to the past influences not only the foods we grow and consume, but the ways we shape and imagine our farms, gardens, and local landscapes. From the farmers’ market to the seed bank to the neighborhood bistro, these foods offer essential keys not only to our past but also to the future of agriculture, the environment, and taste. By cultivating these edible memories, Jordan reveals, we can stay connected to a delicious heritage of historic flavors, and to the pleasures and possibilities for generations of feasts to come.

Chop Suey, USA

The Story of Chinese Food in America

Author: Yong Chen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538162

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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American diners began to flock to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese food the first mass-consumed cuisine in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country's most popular ethnic cuisine. Chop Suey, USA offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the rise of Chinese food, revealing the forces that made it ubiquitous in the American gastronomic landscape and turned the country into an empire of consumption. Engineered by a politically disenfranchised, numerically small, and economically exploited group, Chinese food's tour de America is an epic story of global cultural encounter. It reflects not only changes in taste but also a growing appetite for a more leisurely lifestyle. Americans fell in love with Chinese food not because of its gastronomic excellence but because of its affordability and convenience, which is why they preferred the quick and simple dishes of China while shunning its haute cuisine. Epitomized by chop suey, American Chinese food was a forerunner of McDonald's, democratizing the once-exclusive dining-out experience for such groups as marginalized Anglos, African Americans, and Jews. The rise of Chinese food is also a classic American story of immigrant entrepreneurship and perseverance. Barred from many occupations, Chinese Americans successfully turned Chinese food from a despised cuisine into a dominant force in the restaurant market, creating a critical lifeline for their community. Chinese American restaurant workers developed the concept of the open kitchen and popularized the practice of home delivery. They streamlined certain Chinese dishes, such as chop suey and egg foo young, turning them into nationally recognized brand names.

The Sacred Table

Creating a Jewish Food Ethic

Author: Mary L. Zamore

Publisher: CCAR Press

ISBN: 088123186X

Category: Religion

Page: 564

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The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic is an anthology of diverse essays on Jewish dietary practices. This volume presents the challenge of navigating through choices about eating, while seeking to create a rich dialogue about the intersection of Judaism and food. The definition of Kashrut, the historic Jewish approach to eating, is explored, broadened and in some cases, argued with, in these essays. Kashrut is viewed not only as a ritual practice, but also as a multifaceted Jewish relationship with food and its production, integrating values such as ethics, community, and spirituality into our dietary practice. The questions considered in The Sacred Table are broad reaching. Does Kashrut represent a facade of religiosity, hiding immorality and abuse, or is it, in its purest form, a summons to raise the ethical standards of food production? How does Kashrut enrich spiritual practice by teaching intentionality and gratitude? Can paying attention to our own eating practices raise our awareness of the hungry? Can Kashrut inspire us to eat healthfully? Can these laws draw us around the same table, thus creating community? In exploring the complexities of these questions, this book includes topics such as agricultural workers' rights, animal rights, food production, the environment, personal health, the spirituality of eating and fasting, and the challenges of eating together. The Sacred Table celebrates the ideology of educated choice. The essays present a diverse range of voices, opinions, and options, highlighting the Jewish values that shape our food ethics. Whether for the individual, family, or community, this book supplies the basic how-tos of creating a meaningful Jewish food ethic and incorporating these choices into our personal and communal religious practices. These resources will be helpful if we are new to these ideas or if we are teaching or counseling others. Picture a beautiful buffet of choices from which you can shape your personal Kashrut. Read, educate yourself, build on those practices that you already follow, and eat well.

Fürchtet euch

Roman

Author: Wiley Cash

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104025193

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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»Ein Roman von geradezu hypnotischer Stärke – zutiefst erschütternd und großartig erzählt.« The New York Times In Marshall, einem abgeschiedenen Ort in den Bergen North Carolinas, geschieht an einem heißen Sommertag das Unfassbare. Der dreizehnjährige Christopher Hall kommt während der Abendmesse ums Leben. Der Junge hat noch nie ein Wort gesprochen. Deshalb sollte er an diesem Sonntag in der Kirche »geheilt« werden. Niemand aus der Gemeinde will sich zum Tod des Jungen äußern. Auch der charismatische Prediger Carson Chambliss, der selbsternannte Erlöser im Ort, schweigt zu dem Vorfall. Was jedoch keiner in Marshall ahnt: Christophers jüngerer Bruder Jess hat das Geschehen in der Kirche an dem Tag, als sein Bruder starb, von außen beobachtet. Und Jess weiß, was er gesehen hat. Er weiß auch, was Christopher und er nur wenige Tage zuvor in ihrem Elternhaus gesehen haben. Als Jess sein Wissen teilt, spitzt sich die Situation zu, und es kommt zur Katastrophe. New York Times Bestseller Von Kirkus Reviews und Library Journal zum besten Roman 2012 gewählt Ausgezeichnet mit dem Dagger Award für den besten Debütroman

Refrigeration Nation

A History of Ice, Appliances, and Enterprise in America

Author: Jonathan Rees

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421411075

Category: History

Page: 248

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Only when the power goes off and food spoils do we truly appreciate how much we rely on refrigerators and freezers. In Refrigeration Nation, Jonathan Rees explores the innovative methods and gadgets that Americans have invented to keep perishable food cold—from cutting river and lake ice and shipping it to consumers for use in their iceboxes to the development of electrically powered equipment that ushered in a new age of convenience and health. As much a history of successful business practices as a history of technology, this book illustrates how refrigeration has changed the everyday lives of Americans and why it remains so important today. Beginning with the natural ice industry in 1806, Rees considers a variety of factors that drove the industry, including the point and product of consumption, issues of transportation, and technological advances. Rees also shows that how we obtain and preserve perishable food is related to our changing relationship with the natural world.

Introduction to International and Global Studies, Second Edition

Author: Shawn C. Smallman,Kimberley Brown

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469621665

Category: Political Science

Page: 408

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This innovative introduction to international and global studies, updated and revised in a new edition, offers instructors in the social sciences and humanities a core textbook for teaching undergraduates in this rapidly growing field. Encompassing the latest scholarship in what is a markedly interdisciplinary endeavor, Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown introduce key concepts, themes, and issues and then examine each in lively chapters on essential topics that include the history of globalization; economic, political, and cultural globalization; security, energy, and development; health; agriculture and food; and the environment. Within these topics, the authors explore such timely and pressing subjects as commodity chains, labor (including present-day slavery), human rights, multinational corporations, and the connections among them. New to this edition: * The latest research on debates over privacy rights and surveillance since Edward Snowden's disclosures * Updates on significant political and economic developments throughout the world, including a new case study of European Union, Icelandic, and Greek responses to the 2008 fiscal crisis * The newest information about the rise of fracking, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the decline of the Peak Oil movement, and climate change, including the latter's effects on the Arctic and Antarctica * A dedicated website with authors' blog and a teaching tab with syllabi, class activities, and well-designed, classroom-tested resources * An updated teacher's manual available online, including sample examination questions, additional resources for each chapter, and special assistance for teaching ESL students * Updated career advice for international studies majors

Die Zeit der Wunder

Author: Anne-Laure Bondoux

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646920912

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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"An dem Tag, als die Zollbeamten mich hinten im Lastwagen fanden, war ich zwölf Jahre alt. Ich roch so schlecht wie Abdelmaliks Müllhäuschen. Obwohl Monsieur Ha sich alle Mühe gegeben hatte, den offiziellen Stempel auf dem Foto in meinem Pass wiederherzustellen, glaubten die Zollbeamten nicht, dass ich ein echter kleiner Franzose war. Ich hätte ihnen gerne alles erklärt, aber dafür war mein Französisch zu schlecht. Also zogen sie mich am Kragen meines Pullovers aus dem Lastwagen und nahmen mich mit. So endete meine Kindheit: plötzlich und unerwartet, an der Autobahn A4, als mir klar wurde, dass ich allein im Land der Menschenrechte würde zurechtkommen müssen." Die Geschichte des Jungen Koumaïl, der aus den Kriegswirren des Kaukasus bis nach Frankreich flieht und nie den Mut und den Glauben an das Glück verliert. Und ein Buch darüber, wie weit Träume tragen.