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.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544320239

  • ISBN-10: 0544320239

  • Pages: 144

  • Price: $17.99

  • Publication Date: 02/23/2016

  • Carton Quantity: 30

  • Age(s): 12,13,14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 7-12

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Nancy Castaldo

Nancy Castaldo is the author of several nonfiction books for children, including Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World, Deserts, Rainforests, and River Wild. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her family. Visit Nancy at nancycastaldo.com, on Twitter at @NCastaldoAuthor, or on Instagram at @naturespeak.
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    National Science Teachers Association 2017 Top Science Trade Books for K-12 Students 

    Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Longform Nonfiction 

    Nonfiction Detectives: Best of 2016 

    Northland College Young Adult Notable Book 

    Green Earth Book Award – YA Nonfiction 2017 

    Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Notable book 

     

    * "A terrific, engrossing resource." 

    —Booklist, STARRED review 

     

    "This eye-opening book on the science and politics of agriculture serves as a wake-up call to readers about the fragility of something many of us take for granted: our plant-based food supply. Castaldo clearly lays out a case for the importance of plant diversity (“Seeds equal life”), presenting engaging scientific and historical information..." 

    —Horn Book Magazine 

     

    "An impassioned call to action..." 

    —School Library Journal 

     

    "Castaldo delivers a sobering global status report—and a call to action...Well-crafted and inspiring." 

    —Kirkus 

     

    "Castaldo breaks down threats like climate change and disease, while providing a greater sense of interconnectivity in nature and within world communities." 

    —Publishers Weekly

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544320239

  • ISBN-10: 0544320239

  • Pages: 144

  • Price: $17.99

  • Publication Date: 02/23/2016

  • Carton Quantity: 30

  • Age(s): 12,13,14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 7-12

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