The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World

The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World

by Nancy Castaldo


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Something as small as a seed can have a worldwide impact. Did you know there are top-secret seed vaults hidden throughout the world? And once a seed disappears, that’s it—it’s gone forever? With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling—of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world. This empowering book also calls young adult readers to action with suggestions as to how they can preserve the variety of one of our most valuable food sources through simple everyday actions. Readers of Michael Pollen will enjoy the depth and fascinatingly intricate social economy of seeds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544320239
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 598,959
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Castaldo lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley and is the regional advisor for SCBWI-Eastern New York. She is also a photographer.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Seeds at Risk 1

Chapter 2 Seed Pioneers 4

Chapter 3 Spoils of War 23

Chapter 4 Variety Is the Spice of Life 34

Chapter 5 The New Genetics 57

Chapter 6 A Return to Heirlooms 72

Chapter 7 The Ultimate Safety Net 85

Chapter 8 Hope and Action 102

Call to Action 110

Resources 115

Seed Libraries 116

Additional Resources 121

Glossary 123

Authors Note 124

Sources 126

Timeline 130

Index 132

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The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
The Story Of Seeds was a fascinating and inspirational read, unlocking the past while also giving us a glimpse into the future of our food. This easy to read text was loaded with unsung heroes, easily digestible information, passion, hope and a plan for the future. This should be a staple in all middle school and high school libraries.
mkpetersonMP More than 1 year ago
We all know there's something wrong with GMOs, but are hard put to explain it clearly. Not sure if this is a child's book or adult. But for my money, it's just the right amount of information to introduce either to the impending crisis of biodiversity in food crops in the world. Fascinating, informative, beautiful, historical--more than you'd ever expect from a book about seeds. A jumpstarter. As an artist who has been painting seeds, I will do so with purpose now and supporting biodiversity as a gardener and consumer. And surprise, my local library is a dedicated seed library. Have already ordered my own copy of this book--it belongs on my bookshelf and I plan to read it again. .