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Repreneurs who harvest process and trade themBlending interviews history and travel writing Harvest sets these human stories against our changing economic and ecological landscape What do they tell us about capitalism global market forces and overharvesting How does a local micro economy survive in a hyper connected world Harvest makes us see the world with wonder curiosity and new concern It is an original and magical new map of our world and its riche The first essay about Icelandic eiderdown was the strongest The rest were solid but it didn t seem to me that the author was as excited about the other topics as they were about the first one

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Harvest by Edward Posnett

In a centuries old tradition farmers in northwestern Iceland scour remote coastal plains for the down of nesting eider ducksHigh inside a vast cave in Borneo men perched atop rickety ladders collect swiftlets’ nests a delicacy believed to be a cure for almost anythingEiderdown and edible birds’ nests both are luxury products ultimately destined for the super rich To the rest of the world these materials are mere commodities but to the harvesters th 35 stars round up Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects is a combination of two subjects I like nature and uirky less known history of our world The seven natural objects are eiderdown edible birds nests civet coffee sea silk vicuna fiber tagua and guano The author wavers animal biology historical accounts and firsthand observations into a continuous narrative in which he contemplates the nature of our relationship with other creatures on earth I find the history of these objects fascinating and the book educational However after exploring the seven uncommon objects it is not clear what the possibility of a mutually beneficial relationship is The author has not found a pattern or two where such mutually beneficial relationship can be formed The opposite is true there is no way as least according to the book to achieve the ecological and economical euilibrium We are not good at harmony The history of human race is a history of exploitation The demand for edible birds nests which have no proven nutrition superiority nearly destroyed the black swiftlets natural habitat Today the white edible birds nests on the market are mostly harvested in man made bird houses who domesticate whom The civet coffee industry is mostly a scam The sea silk museum in Sant Antioco is built on a lie The commercialization of vicuna fiber has caused poaching and disturbance of the animal habitat and it has not brought wealth to the local population And to bring back tagua to replace plastics is or less a dream As to guano harvesting perhaps they should be left alone The Guano Era which refers to a period of stability and prosperity in Peru during the mid 19th century was a hellish time for the imported Chinese coolies Even the idealized Icelandic eiderdown harvesting has its dark sideA fascinating read becomes a depressing read Perhaps it is the subject or perhaps it s the writing

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Ey are all imbued with myth tradition folklore and ritual and form part of a shared identity and historyThese objects are two of the seven natural wonders whose stories Harvest tells eiderdown vicuña wool sea silk vegetable ivory civet coffee guano and edible birds’ nests Harvest follows their journey from the wildest parts of the planet traversing Iceland Indonesia and Peru to its urban centres drawing on the voices of the gatherers shearers and ent The nature travelogue aspect of Strange Harvests is engaging but the angle that really made this book great is the analysis of capitalism and supply chains The documentation and analysis of the desire for uniue objects and materials and the ways that demand shapes local economies and destroys ecosystems is super interesting and not a particular angle I often see in books about nature and ecology


10 thoughts on “Harvest by Edward Posnett

  1. says:

    35 stars round up Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects is a combination of two subjects I like nature and uirky less known history of our world The seven natural objects are eiderdown edib

  2. says:

    At a time when human consumption is threatening our very survival along with the survival of thousands of other species comes this book examining the strange histories and travels of several natural items from harvest to marketplace Possnet takes the reader on a fascinating sometimes sad journey through time and place This is a book to savor Recommended for those who enjoy natural and social history Thanks to the publ

  3. says:

    A book that makes you think and even Goggle a few things

  4. says:

    In Strange Harvests Edward Posnett investigates the ways that our relationship with nature has been broken by capitalism and uses a curiosity cabinet of natural objects to force his readers to look around their own homes and ask where from and by what processes they obtained the ordinary artifacts that make up

  5. says:

    The nature travelogue aspect of Strange Harvests is engaging but the angle that really made this book great is the analysis

  6. says:

    Posnett's book brings the eighteenth century curiosity cabinet into the twenty first century as he traces the cultural histories of natural objects such as birds' nests vicuna fiber and guano

  7. says:

    Lots of interesting facts contained herein but all I ever want to know with these books is did he get an advance and how did he pay to travel all around the work just to write these essays

  8. says:

    The first essay about Icelandic eiderdown was the strongest The rest were solid but it didn't seem to me that the author was as excited about the other topics as they were about the first one

  9. says:

    Strange Harvests The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects by Edward Posnett is a very highly recommended fascinating look at sev

  10. says:

    What do Eiderdown; Edible Birds Nests; Civet Coffee; Sea Silk; Vicuna fiber; Tagua nuts; and Guano all have in common They are all the subject of Edward Posnett's investigation into each of these objectsHe goes into the biology of the animal that creates each of these commodities how history of how humans have used and taken advantage of them in some pretty disturbing ways along with his own firsthand observations as